This fourth anthology loosely based on some facet of time or space features several enjoyable surprises as illustrated by the first story about an interesting bet in “Slow as a Bullet” by Andy Duncan. Damien Broderick’s “The Beancounter’s Cat” is a fascinating tale including a talking feline packing plenty of attitude about choices with the power to reshape existence as certain civilizations know it. Shoppers’ ghosts reside at a mall, going on and off the clock, repeating their deaths, feeding upon those who begin to remember senses like smell in “Old Habits” by Nalo Hopkinson. These are just a sampling of the fourteen very different short stories by a variety of both award winning and lesser-known authors.
Although there is no strong uniting theme to this collection each story is inventive, thought provoking and a few are simply good fun. Look no further for the perfect vacation read.