cover image New Skies

New Skies

. Tor Books, $19.95 (288pp) ISBN 978-0-7653-0016-4

New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction, edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, gathers 17 stories starring aliens and dimensions beyond the 3-D world. In ""They're Made Out of Meat"" by Terry Bisson, a pair of aliens are stunned to discover an intelligent species made not of machinery or gasses, but of flesh. A boy and his dog exchange bodies with a pair of tentacled aliens in ""Brian and the Aliens"" by Will Shetterly. And in the award-winning ""Tangents"" by Greg Bear, a scientist and a kid make contact with the fourth dimension.