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A greatly various, immensely relaxing, and traditionally very important anthology, Future On Ice is a exhibit for the most well liked tales via the best SF writers of the Nineteen Eighties. entire with a preface, creation, and tale notes by way of Card hilself, listed here are early tales from eighteen exceptionally proficient authors who've considering the fact that shattered the face of technological know-how fiction.

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