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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Night - John W. Campbell
Film of demise - J. S. Campbell
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The Wound - Howard Fast
The Time seize - Henry Kuttner
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Later Than you're thinking that - Fritz Leiber
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The Valley - Richard Stockham
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The males go back - Jack Vance
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