"Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order" is a clever and very funny time travel romp. "The Beancounter's Cat" is set in a far future with Clarkean science sufficiently advanced to appear magical. "Walls of Flesh, Bars of Bone" (with Barbara Lamar) is another look at the mystery of human destiny. "Under the Moons of Venus" is a remarkable, evocative homage to one of SF's greats. Well-known editor Gardner Dozois has said of "The Beancounter's Cat" that it "...starts out reading like fantasy, and gradually turns into very far-future SF." Also included is an original tale with Paul Di Filippo, "Luminous Fish", taking Mike Moorcock's famous character Jerry Cornelius for a spin in the 21st century!