The Collected Stories Volume 6.
Strange histories and alternate futures feature in this volume. It explores the consequences of an even more virulent Black Death in 1348 than the one our ancestors lived through; the woeful last days of a veteran archaeologist and his pact with the dead; the fortunes of a vagrant band of Crusaders in the New World; Henry James's eyewitness account of the War of the Worlds; a brilliant icy sheen over the Occupied Zone - and a spooky patch of darkness; the vanishing of the mighty capital of a great empire - and its reappearance as modern-day Chicago . . . and much more, including the only science-fiction homage to JRR Tolkien ever written.