By Ellen Datlow
- A woman who eats desires, a girl who chooses the apes, and a barbarian hero rendered as a university. those are only a number of the humans readers first met on-line because of the explosion of Webzines. Ellen Datlow, editor of Omni Online, Event Horizon, and SciFiction, led the cost into the courageous new global of technological know-how fiction. Digital Domains collects the very best, and such a lot debatable, works in print — good, apart from your house printer — for the 1st time.
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