The previous via the following day are boldly imagined and reinvented within the twenty-five tales accrued during this exhibit anthology. a few of the field's best practitioners are represented right here, in addition to tales from promising newcomers.
A precious record of honorable mentions and Dozois's insightful summation of the 12 months in sf around out this anthology, making it imperative for an individual attracted to SF today.
• Oceanic by way of Greg Egan
• Approaching Perimelasma via Geoffrey A. Landis
• Craphound by means of Cory Doctorow
• Jedella Ghost by means of Tanith Lee
• Taklamakan by way of Bruce Sterling
• The Island of the Immortals through Ursula okay. Le Guin
• Sea switch, With Monsters through Paul J. McAuley
• Divided through Infinity via Robert Charles Wilson
• Us via Howard Waldrop
• The Days of Solomon Gursky by means of Ian McDonald
• The Cuckoo’s Boys through Robert Reed
• The midway condominium on the middle of Darkness through William Browning Spencer
• The Very Pulse of the Machine by way of Michael Swanwick
• Story of Your Life by way of Ted Chiang
• Voivodoi by means of Liz Williams
• Saddlepoint: Roughneck via Stephen Baxter
• This facet of Independence through Rob Chilson
• Unborn Again through Chris Lawson
• Grist via Tony Daniel
• La Cenerentola by way of Gwyneth Jones
• Down within the Dark through William Barton
• Free in Asveroth by way of Jim Grimsley
• The Dancing Floor by way of Cherry Wilder
• The summer season Isles through Ian R. MacLeod
Originally released 1999 by means of St. Martin's Griffin.
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