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