The short story “Creative Surgery” (“Chirurgia creativa”) by Clelia Farris was published for the first time in 2015. It was translated into English by Jennifer Delare.
Kieser follows a job announcement by Vi, who practices Creative Surgery, and manages to become her assistant. Vi’s face is marked by the lack of sleep and other imperfections but that’s nothing compared to the results of some of her works because the repulsive is the new charming.
The short story “The Ethical Treatment of Meat” by Claude Lalumière was published for the first time in 2003.
Raymond and George think that adopting a fleshie could be a good idea for their family. It’s not an easy choice as they’re the first to do it in their neighborhood. However, that growing trend also leads to some social problems because the most radical people think that eating fleshies’ brains when they grew up isn’t right.
The short story “This is the Ice Age” by Claude Lalumière was published for the first time in 2006.
A group of kids try to survive in Montreal after a new ice age has destroyed civilization. Daniel and Mark are two brothers who are very different but they remain united while trying to survive the cold that suddenly struck the world. Daniel has his beliefs about the catastrophe and other things and other people listen to him and start following him in a sort of new religion.
The short story “Maxim Fujiyama and other persons” by Claude Lalumière was published for the first time in 2014.
Maxim Fujiyama tries to survive as he can, rummaging here and there in the Vancouver area where he lives looking for food and anything that might be useful to him. Other people went to live in the building where he has settled but Maxim only counts on himself. Sometimes he meets other people and can’t help but wonder what it means to be a person.
The short story “Your Own Way Back” by Richard Larson was published for the first time in 2013.
Elliot’s grandfather’s mind is in a neural network inside his house, but it’s degrading. One of the possible solutions, albeit only for the time needed for his clone to grow, is to transfer it into Elliot’s brain. In this way, grandfather and grandson find themselves having a unique relationship.