Year's Best SF 2

By David G. Hartwell

The quick tale is the place sizzling new SF authors emerge and the place the giants of the style carry new paintings. Hartwell scoured the magazines and anthologies to collect some of the best of modern edgy, audacious and cutting edge SF. Authors contain Gregory Benford, Terry Bisson, David Brin, Damon Knight, Joanna Russ, Bruce Sterling, James Patrick Kelly, Connie Willis, and so on!

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