A collection of award-winning science fiction written by two-time Nebula award winner, Gardner Dozois. Here you'll find Dozois short stories "Morning Child" and "The Peacemaker," both winners of the Nebula for best science fiction short story. Also includes Dozois classics "A Dream at Noonday," "Chains of the Sea," "The Hanging Curve," "The Bride" (with Jack Dann), and "Ancestral Voices" (with Michael Swanwick). From the introduction: The stories in this collection were published between 1970 and 2003, and thus represent a considerable chunk, perhaps a majority share, of not only my career but my life. . .when some critic asks me what was in my mind when I came up with a certain trope in one of those stories, or what some bit of symbolism really means, why I chose some word or image instead of another, or sometimes even just what the specific inspiration for a story was, often I just can't tell him—I'm not that kid anymore. . .So, perhaps it's an odd way to review your career, by the places where you've lived. Probably not very satisfactory to the critics. The most disgruntled among them will just have to get that time-machine and go back and ask that bright-eyed young twenty-year-old kid about his work. If you see him, say hi for me. Gardner Dozois is known for his beautiful evocation of setting and emotional intensity within a truly alien and often austere vision of the future. He is a science fiction master of the first order—a fact fully on display in this outstanding collection. "Lyric, haunting, heartbreaking—this is science fiction at its best."—George R.R. Martin Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductee Gardner Dozois is the winner of two Nebula awards for fiction. "My generation of writers has produced relatively few authentic masters of the short form. Gardner Dozois is one of them."—William Gibson Gardner Dozois was also the long-time editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, a position for which he won fifteen Hugo awards. He remains editor of the annual Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies. With all-new cover art by Ron Miller.