Modern Classics of Science Fiction

By Gardner R. Dozois

An anthology of often missed technological know-how fiction stories contains tales via William Gibson, Pat Murphy, Cordwainer Smith, Joanna Russ, Gene Wolfe, Roger Zelazny, and twenty-one different writers.

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