- This moment quantity of The Year's most sensible technology Fiction and Fantasy gains over 1 / 4 million phrases of fiction by means of a number of the genre's maximum authors, as chosen by means of wealthy Horton, a well known and well-received contributor to the various field's most useful magazines.
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