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Editor Resnick's latest winning anthology showcases rising stars. Only one contribution has been previously published: David D. Levine's "Nucleon," about a junkyard in which there is, quite literally, everything. Janis Ian, most familiar as a 1960s singer-songwriter, is represented by "Chicken Brain," a bizarre, clever little piece. David Barr Kirtley's collection opener, "The Black Bird," offers a new and nasty look at the demise of a familiar detective, while the closer, Adrienne Gormley's "Custer's Angel," a slightly different time-travel exercise, shows a student researching the last moments of General Custer's life and coming to some very disturbing conclusions. Other notable entries include Michael Burstein's "Lifeblood," an interesting take on vampires, and Lisa Mantchev's "1-800-Wicked," a witty fairy-tale villain's diatribe. Regina Schroeder
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