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Here is a superb collection of short science-fiction tales by this genre's contemporary, and emerging, masters.

  • Alien communications are deciphered as Earth is destroyed in "Last Contact" by Stephen Baxter.
  • A girl auto-asphyxiates to communicate with another world in Elizabeth Bear's "The Something Dreaming Game".
  • A robot aids a boy's search for a better life in "Far As You Can Go" by Greg van Eekhout.
  • A girl lives in the shadow of her super-hero grandmother in Carol Emshwiller's "Grandma".
  • A sheepherder discovers a spaceship wreck in "Lambing Season" by Molly Gloss.
  • The bright and the blind intersect in Joe Haldeman's Hugo award-winning story, "None So Blind".
  • A boy hires an assassin to save his sister in "Kin" by Bruce McAllister.
  • Genetic engineering reaches its ultimate climax in Paul J. McAuley's "Gene Wars".
  • And future wars require great sacrifices in "Bright Red Star" by Bud Sparhawk.
  • Public Domain (P)2008 AudioText

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