The intensity and breadth of what technological know-how fiction and myth fiction is adjustments with each passing yr. the 2 dozen tales selected for this e-book through award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan conscientiously maps this evolution, giving readers a charming and always-entertaining examine the superior the style has to offer.
Jonathan Strahan has edited greater than twenty anthologies and collections, together with The Locus Awards, the recent house Opera, The Jack Vance Treasury, and a couple of year's top annuals. He has gained the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr., and Peter McNamara Awards for his paintings as an anthologist, and is the studies editor for Locus.
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