This second volume of Orson Scott Cards fivevolume anthology of short stories features seven tales exploring possible future scenarios for the human race. A fascistic governments capital punishment extends beyond death. Intellectually superior aliens from a doomed world choose Earths dogs as their new vessels. Notquitehuman beings on an Earth wasted by biological warfare continously fight an enemy which has long been annihilated. These and other possible fates may be discovered in this collection, which includes: A Thousand Deaths Clap Hands and Sing, Dogwalker, But We Try Not to Act Like It, I Put My Blue Genes On, In the Doghouse, and The Originist. Card includes background commentaries for each story in his afterwords and introductions.