Science Fiction: The Best of 2002 (Science Fiction: The Best of ... (Quality))

A set of the easiest technology fiction prose written in 2002, via a few the genre's maximum writers, and chosen through of SF's most precious editors. right here in a single cheap quantity is the simplest brief technology fiction of the yr as chosen from magazines, anthologies and journals. it's the moment in a prestigious new sequence from ibooks. Robert Silverberg, a a number of winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards as a author, has complied a distinct list as an anthologist over the last 35 years. one of the recognized books he has edited are THE technology FICTION corridor OF popularity, the hot DIMENSIONS, UNIVERSE and THE ALPHA sequence. His lengthy checklist of technology fiction and fable novels comprise such titles as demise inside of and THE extraterrestrial beings YEARS.

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