Format: Softcover, 277 pages
Publisher: Frog, Ltd., 2000
Jacket design and illustration by Michael Dashow. Introduction by Bruce Sterling.
The Very Pulse of the Machine, The Dead, Scherzo with Dinosaur, North of Diddy-Wah-Diddy, The Mask, Mother Grasshopper, Riding the Gigantosaur, Wild Minds, The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O, Microcosmic Dog, In Concert, Radiant Doors, Ice Age, Walking Out, The Changelings Tale, Midnight Express, The Wisdom of Old Earth, and Radio Waves.
An unprecedented three out of the six short stories nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award in 1999 were written by one author, Michael Swanwick. All of those stories, Radiant Doors, The Very Pulse of the Machine, and Wild Minds, appear here in this collection, along with sixteen other razor-sharp visions by this Nebula Award-winning author. The Very Pulse of the Machine won the Hugo Award in 1999. One piece, The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O, was written especially for this collection. Swanwick is among the most acclaimed science fiction writers of his generation, Now, for the first time, his best short fiction of the last decade is collected. The stories here range across genres, from the hardest of hard science fiction to the purest of fantasies, with stops in between and stories that defy categorization.