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A choice of over a half-dozen vintage technology fiction tales via Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer and editor Gardner Dozois. contains: "Morning Child," "A Dream at Noonday," "Chains of the Sea," "The placing Curve," "The Bride" (with Jack Dann), and "Ancestral Voices" (with Michael Swanwick).

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