By Kim Stanley Robinson
From Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning writer of the Mars Trilogy, the 3 Californias Trilogy, the technological know-how within the Capital sequence, The Martians, and The Years of Rice and Salt, comes the easiest of Kim Stanley Robinson. those twenty-two tales, together with the Nebula Award-winning "The Blind Geometer," and global myth Award winner "Black Air" characterize the easiest of Kim Stanley Robinson.
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