Fourteen stories from Western Europe, garnered by one of the major editors in the business. Nothing here will be terribly alien to American sf buffs. In fact, some of the contributions may seem almost tame: Pierre Barbet's flip little number on espionage at a bionics lab; Manuel van Loggem's neat but obvious twist on sexual dystopia; Tor Ã…ge Bringsvaerd's nicely executed fable of a dropout computer. Luigi Cozzi's manic look at the subway of the future and Domingo Santos' express-way-cloverleaf nightmare are very funny reworkings of themes close to the American heart. But the prize of the collection is Wolfgang Jeschke's ""The King and the Dollmaker,"" a gorgeous exercise in time-policing, shuffled identities, and narrative loopthe loops. A cleverly planned anthology--how well these contributions complement each other!