"Going Native" - An interesting take on C. L. Moore's "Shambleau", updated a bit for a more civilized galaxy. Remember, boys and girls, just say no to naughty tentacles...
"The Funniest Story Ever Told" - This is a vicious little take on government and elites. While many who have read this story laughed, I found the tale less funny amusing and more "I have to laugh or I'll scream," given current events.
"Complicit in Their Bondage" - And now we get to a truly dangerous vision and one I'm surprised hasn't happened yet. An African-American soldier gets swept up into a renegade British breeding program. Normally, this sort of flesh-shaping is left to aliens, but it will likely happen among those who claim to be the elite.
"The Garden of Prince Shi-Wiwi" - I'm a sucker for all things chinoiserie. This story's a buffet of lessons about inhumanity inside a deadly garden. Compassion may have its own cost.
"Alter-Ego" - My mind's spinning with all the multiple personalities playing roles in convoluted and Gothic webs of intrigue. While the narrative thread might be clearer, it brings a sense of horror
"We Might Not Have Fire" - This is an even scarier dangerous vision of an enslaved future. Think The Time Machine meets A Princess of Mars.All in all, an excellent set of stories, with a heavy suspicion of those who would claim to be our betters, a heavy pulp vibe, and a place at the Great Conversation of the West.