These 17 stories show off Bishop's versatility. They range from an exercise in subtle creepiness to a nicely turned space-station whodunit. First up is "Thirteen Lies about Hummingbirds," an occasionally horrifying meditation on the pitfalls of human relationships. Last story in the book is "Help Me, Rondo," about B-movie actor Rondo Hatton, who, cursed with acromegaly (enlargement and deformation of the head), was typecast as a brute, and a man who claims to be his son; for it, Bishop adopts the form of a screenplay. In the other tales, Bishop covers a lot of concepts, including time travel, reincarnation, and running away to join the circus. And the book includes two choice collaborations, " 'We're All in This Alone' " with Paul Di Filippo and the aforementioned whodunit, "Murder on Lupozny Station," with Gerald W. Page. In the volume-closing essay, "A Lingering Incandescence," Bishop opens a window on the stories' creation.
― Regina Schroeder, Booklist
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