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By Connie Willis

Winner of six Nebula and 5 Hugo awards, Connie Willis is without doubt one of the such a lot acclaimed and inventive authors of our time.  Her startling and strong works have redefined the limits of up to date technology fiction.  Here in a single quantity are twelve of her maximum tales, together with double award-winner "Fire Watch," set within the universe of Doomsday Book and To Say not anything of the Dog, during which a time-traveling scholar learns one in all history's toughest lessons.  In "A Letter from the Clearys," a regimen message from far-off pals shatters the delicate global of a beleaguered family.  In "The Sidon within the Mirror," a mutant with the subconscious urge to develop into other folks reveals himself changing into either killer and victim.  Disturbing, revealing, and provocative, this extraordinary number of brief fiction brings jointly the very best paintings of an incomparable author whose skill to amaze, confound, and enlighten by no means fails.

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