A suite of the simplest technology fiction prose written in 2003, through a few of the genre's maximum writers, and chosen via certainly one of SF's most beneficial editors. carrying on with ibooks' sequence of cheaply priced, mass-market 'Best of the 12 months' books edited and designed to entice technology fiction lovers whose budgets should be taxed by way of costlier anthologies. Bringing jointly writers reminiscent of Christopher Priest, Brian W. Aldiss, Ian MacLeod and Orson Scott Card, technological know-how FICTION: the simplest OF 2003, additionally showcases the simplest writing from magazines and the web.
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