Strahan got it right with the following:
“The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand was reviewed in True Review 76. One man attempts a re-enactment of a flight of an early aircraft, presumably before the Wright brothers’ historic flight – in the case of Ernesto McCauley -- that may have been recorded, momentarily, on film. Could McCauley’s strange aircraft actually take flight? And what of those who believe THIS was the actual beginning of air flight, instead of the Wright brothers recorded account?
Even werewolves can show their acting talent in ways that remain truly human in “The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue” by Holly Black. This is a traveling troupe story with a werewolf girl who demonstrates her own innate repertoire.
“The Exterminator’s Want-Ad” by Bruce Sterling. In a world of rampant and uncontrolled global warming, the bug exterminators are respected, even wealthy – up to a point. But even THEY are human, with human needs such as companionship.
“The Naturalist” by Maureen McHugh. Gerrold Cahill wants to investigate the workings of zombies, get a better understanding of their biology, their behavior, and their control – before knowing how to stop the zombie plague. Gerrold meets some interesting, entirely HUMAN, characters along the way.
“The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis. A visit to see Carlos Fernando Delacroix Ortega de la Jolla Nordwall-Gruenbaum, the richest man in the known universe, results in an eye-widening treat of the heavily colonized Venus. Meanwhile, threats to the developing planet from terrorists are real.
“Iteration” by John Kessel. A superstore clerk by the name of Enzo opens an e-mail while off work to a Website link to Iteration. Enzo has the ability to change his world in small ways – but those ways, when accumulated, alter the world considerably. How far will the changes go?
“The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball” by Genevieve Valentine. Near the turn of the last century, zeppelins were the rage in this alternate reality story. But suicides and saboteurs exist in this or any other reality.