Actually these are three novellas. Rule Golden literally reverses the Golden Rule for an interesting variation on the old theme of kindly alien helping man to help himself in spite of himself--""Be done by as you do"" or when and where you hit, you hurt. Natural State is a mediocre, tired comic's vision of city folk and country types in collision. The Dying Man is a most effective piece about dawning realization of death in a society which has attained immortality at the cost of maturity. Two hits, one off base in this triple.