This is perhaps Ellison's most powerful collection of stories. There are some clunkers, but many mind-blowing originals. Two losers (male and female) meet and intermingle over a Vegas slot machine that invariably hits the jackpot. Lawrence Talbot, the Wolfman, goes to Victor Frankenstein for help in locating his soul so that he can die peacefully. A former POW-Vietnam vet returns to his Midwestern hometown to face the music among his neighbors who believe him a traitor for talking to the Vietcong under torture. Two cars engage in a duel on a near-future freeway. A man goes to confront God with the help of Snake, the hero who got the shaft in the inaccurate account of Genesis. This is a stark and startling collection, with little humor and much vivid storytelling.
This report prepared by David Loftus