Urbana, IL; Golden Gryphon Press, 2002. 1st hardcover edition. Fine in fine dj. Fiction is stranger than reality especially when explored through the imagination of multiple-Hugo winner James Patrick Kelly. Consider a lad learning to "duck and cover" in the bomb shelter era, who discovers that he is the only chance Earth has to avert a nuclear holocaust—if only he can bring himself to commit an unspeakable act. The twelve-year-old's chances of success are very long indeed. Or what about a pair of hard-working coed medical students taking a break from the study grind to look for neuroromance? How do they end up with a lion-tamer and a banana salesman? Picking one of the Greek muses for a one-night stand can be hazardous—especially when you disobey her. And what is the greatest architect of his generation to do when mysterious aliens try to hire him to build a tomb for a goddess? Imagine a time traveler forced on a one-way trip millions of years into the future to find all she cared about—friends, family, civilization—undone? Mix contemporary fantasy with far out science fiction with cold horror with warm humanity with lovestories with candy artists and top with an alien chicken that doesn't like fruitcake. In this collection of fifteen stories, including one previously unpublished, enter the strange but oddly familiar worlds of James Patrick Kelly. With an introduction by multiple-award-winner Connie Willis. Cover art by Bob Eggleton. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.