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Some of the stories in this anthology are excellent, others not so much. There seems to be a huge range in the quality of the stories. Readability, too, is a problem in some stories. Some flow easily and are an absolute joy to read, others are staggered and stuttery, with strange styles and pacing. I respect Mr. Clarke's inclusion of Science Fiction from around the world, but sometimes I felt completely lost in different cultures and writing styles to the point where I lost the point of the story or even the will to finish it. I suspect understanding the audience may be a learned trait for anthology producers as the previous heavyweight in this field, Gardner Dozois, suffered from the same inconsistency in his earlier books. No matter. The stories that were good were so excellent it was still worth the purchase and I certainly don't want to discourage Mr. Clarke. We desperately need a good anthology every year!