By Connie Willis

Winner of six Nebula and 5 Hugo awards, Connie Willis is among the so much acclaimed and creative authors of our time.  Her startling and strong works have redefined the bounds 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, within which a time-traveling scholar learns one in every of history's toughest lessons.  In "A Letter from the Clearys," a regimen message from far away associates shatters the delicate global of a beleaguered family.  In "The Sidon within the Mirror," a mutant with the subconscious urge to turn into other folks unearths himself changing into either killer and victim.  Disturbing, revealing, and provocative, this extraordinary selection of brief fiction brings jointly the superior paintings of an incomparable author whose skill to amaze, confound, and enlighten by no means fails.

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