A collection of action packed, fast moving and entertaining science fiction and science fantasy short stories.
In the lead story “Contingency Nine” an alien zero tolerance law enforcer is brought back up from a down time penal colony to help a future Earth struggling for existence. After no longer being able to meet its galactic commitment the only semblance of order on Earth is provided in a few ruined cities by a group of urban pacifiers. Yet the urban pacifiers have a worrying secret and the Earth the “prisoner” is returned to seems nothing like the one he was sent downtime from.
In “Grand Master” the dominant Artificial Intelligences begin to feel threatened when their finest chess player is beaten by a subservient human. While “Qantas Flight 2134” finally arrives after some alien help. In “Disposable World” everything is disposable while in “Reality Rider” an advanced being rides the alternate realities helping unfortunates and threatening the wrath of ultimate power. And much more.