Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (Science Fiction: The Best of ... (Quality))

A suite of the simplest technological know-how fiction prose written in 2003, by means of the various genre's maximum writers, and chosen via considered one of SF's Most worthy editors. carrying on with ibooks' sequence of cost effectively priced, mass-market 'Best of the yr' books edited and designed to attract technological know-how fiction enthusiasts whose budgets should be taxed by way of dearer anthologies. Bringing jointly writers reminiscent of Christopher Priest, Brian W. Aldiss, Ian MacLeod and Orson Scott Card, technology FICTION: the easiest OF 2003, additionally showcases the easiest writing from magazines and the net.

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