Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (2008 Edition)

Incorporated during this volume:

creation, wealthy Horton (Editor)
darkish INTEGERS, Greg Egan
A simple story FROM OUR HILLS, Bruce Ster
an eye fixed FOR a watch, Charles Coleman Finlay
regularly, Karen pleasure Fowler
VIRUS adjustments dermis, Ekaterina Sedia
WIKIWORLD, Paul Di Filippo
evening CALLS, Robert Reed
every body BLEEDS via, Jack Skillingstead
artwork OF conflict, Nancy Kress
3 DAYS OF RAIN, Holly Phillips
mind RAID, Alexander Jablokov
FOR SOLO CELLO, OP. 12, Mary Robinette Kowal
ideal VIOLET, Will McIntosh
VECTORING, Geoffrey Landis
THE SKYSAILOR’S story, Michael Swanwick

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