Eleven all-new variations, more fantasy than sf, ranging from the captivating to the absurd. The one real standout here hails from Japan, Tetsu Yano's beautiful and intensely moving ""The Legend of the Paper Spaceship"": Osen, a pathetic madwoman, is used as a whore by a village of contemptuous, unsuspecting mountain peasants, while her young telepathic son pieces together the sad story of an ancient spaceship crash and Osen's pathological longing for her alien homeworld. From Roger Zelazny, there's a tale of gods, sorcerers, and animated statues that reads like a fragment of a novel; David F. Bischoff writes of a galactic overlord who loses his memory and finds love on a planet occupied by humans with group minds; there's a paradoxical love story set in a time-fragmented, ghost-ridden cosmos from Tanith Lee; and an ominous set of London vignettes by Gardner Dozois. Other, routine-to-soggy efforts encompass grasping corpses, avenging autos, computerized kids, alien castaways, and cohabiting constellations. About average overall--but catch that Japanese connection.