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Twenty major technological know-how fiction authors, together with Stephen Baxter, Brian W. Aldiss, Philip okay. Dick, and Connie Willis, chronicle the alterations and surprises that may befall humanity within the centuries to come back. Is the last word Utopia heaven or hell? asks Robert Sheckley in his "A price tag to Tranai." In "The countless Assassin," Greg Egan polices the multiverse for murderers in their exchange selves. Geoffrey A. Landis plumbs the depths of a black gap in "Approaching Perimelasma." those and different tales by way of James White, Eric Frank Russell, Robert Reed, H. Beam Piper, H. Chandler Elliott, and so forth make this some of the most wonderful and thought-provoking technology fiction anthologies in light-years.

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