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Twenty major technological know-how fiction authors, together with Stephen Baxter, Brian W. Aldiss, Philip okay. Dick, and Connie Willis, chronicle the alterations and surprises that would befall humanity within the centuries to return. Is the final word Utopia heaven or hell? asks Robert Sheckley in his "A price tag to Tranai." In "The endless Assassin," Greg Egan polices the multiverse for murderers in their trade selves. Geoffrey A. Landis plumbs the depths of a black gap in "Approaching Perimelasma." those and different tales by way of James White, Eric Frank Russell, Robert Reed, H. Beam Piper, H. Chandler Elliott, and so forth make this some of the most enjoyable and thought-provoking technology fiction anthologies in light-years.

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