These stories are delicate, original, fantastic, and often amusing. They show a love of people as well as exposing some of their idiocies — most notably in “Boat Animals”, in which Singapore faces up to the problem of giving a home to some unusual refugees. “Frontiers”, the longest story, explores some of the tensions and dangers which threaten S. E. Asia – a region in which the author has himself endured the vicissitudes of war. Other stories are refreshing, often lightly romantic.
An unusual Aldiss collection, in that all six stories were specifically written for this book. It is also not science fiction, though one or two stories could be considered satirical fantasy. The cover was designed and drawn by the author. Aldiss regards it as a distinction to have been published in the Third World.
FIRST EDITION: Chopmen, 1981