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By David G. Hartwell

The fast tale is the place scorching new SF authors emerge and the place the giants of the style carry new paintings. Hartwell scoured the magazines and anthologies to assemble the superior of state-of-the-art edgy, audacious and leading edge SF. Authors comprise Gregory Benford, Terry Bisson, David Brin, Damon Knight, Joanna Russ, Bruce Sterling, James Patrick Kelly, Connie Willis, etc!

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