Batman. Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman re-teams with artist Andy Kubert to tell the story that delves into life, death and the afterlife, leaving no stone unturned and exploring every aspect of The Dark Knight's life and crimefighting career. This tale parallels the "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" epic written by Alan Moore.
by Cherie Priest
Inventor Leviticus Blue creates a machine that accidentally decimates Seattle's banking district and uncovers a vein of Blight Gas that turns everyone who breathes it into the living dead. With a ruined reputation, life is tough for Blue's widow, Briar, but she and her teenage son Ezekiel are surviving -- until Zeke decides that he must reclaim his father's name from the clutches of history.
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America
by Robert Charles Wilson
In the 22nd century, President Deklan Comstock is trying to continue the revival of a 60-state America that has, just barely, survived. Now he learns that a rising hero of the army's war against the Dutch in Labrador is his nephew Julian, son of the brother he had assassinated. What are uncle and nephew going to do if they wish to avoid a bloody collision? A steampunk novel set in a postcollapse, imperial United States returned to 19th-century technology and mores.
Shambling Towards Hiroshima
by James Morrow
In the summer of 1945, war is reigning in the Pacific Rim while Syms Thorley continues his life as a B-movie actor. But the Navy would like to use Thorley in their top-secret Knickerbocker Project, putting the finishing touches on the ultimate biological weapon: a breed of gigantic, fire-breathing, mutant iguanas. If the mission succeeds, the Japanese will surrender, sparing thousands of lives; if it fails, the mutant lizards will be unleashed.
The City & the City
by China Miéville
In a contemporary time period, two fantastical cities exist, not adjacent to one another, but by literally occupying the same area. Forbidden to acknowledge the existence of one another, residents in both cities have honed the ability to "unsee" people, places, and events existing in the other realm. This ticklish balance ruptures when Inspector Tyador Borlu must investigate the murder of a foreign archaeological student.
by Peter Watts
"The Island" by Peter Watts is included in this anthology, which includes 19 new stories that show how far space opera has come since its pulp beginnings in the '30s and '40s.
The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi
What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.
by Robert J. Sawyer
Although Caitlin Decter is blind, she can effortlessly surf the Internet by following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness.