Five substantial tales (""new,"" according to the publisher's otherwise inaccurate blurb) featuring, in the finest Russian tradition, wonderfully alive characters reacting with superbly evoked and articulated emotions to believable problems. Kir Bulychev offers a powerful and absorbing drama of a human clone who wakes with all his father's memories--and the courage to confront his father's mistakes. Sever Gansovsky describes, in scintillating fashion, a journey through a surreal ""desert"" landscape of vast, half-completed, abandoned buildings and tunnels--which works equally well as a satire on unbridled economic development or on capitalism. From the estimable Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, there's a disappointingly ordinary tale of a spaceship's impromptu descent into Jupiter's atmosphere. Olga Larionova weighs in with a sturdy tale of two handsome humans captured for study by alien cyborgs. And newcomer Oleg Korabelnikov contributes a bizarre, captivating yarn about Siberian mythological creatures who take tangible form in order to teach an unfeeling icon-hunter (and humanity at large) the true spirit of the taiga. Quality material, indeed. But, like last year's entry (Aliens, Travelers, and Other Stories), this volume comes without an editor, without introductions, without much-needed background information--and even the most enthusiastic readers will look askance at the stratospheric price-tag.