This is a book of 8 short stories spanning 323 pages. Ostensibly, it's a collection of science fiction stories, although some of the stories have more of a quasi-religious tone than an actual sci-fi feel to them. In general, I don't think the short story genre has fared all that well in recent years. That may even be more true for the sci-fi short story. Perhaps that's because many of the concepts are so well-traveled. Maybe it's because some of the better ideas are used in longer stories. Kurt Vonnegut blamed it on TV. So, I was surprised when I found this book and discovered that it had an overall rating of 4.43 on Goodreads.com. The reason that's so surprising is that ratings above 4.0 are relatively rare, even for very good books. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen another book get a rating that high. So, naturally I was interested in reading it. I wasn't disappointed. This would be a excellent commuter book or a lunch-time read.