This collection of stories makes for compulsive reading. Sexily imaginative, they are constructed around the interface between vestiges of reality and a futuristic world of magic, advanced technology and sci-fi wonders. Nothing is what it seems. Characters who seem (or think they are) normal, living humdrum lives with their wives, confront fantastic situations or hitherto hidden identities. We are in a world of electronic games, sci-fi vampires and women married to, and pleasured and impregnated by robots. Each story is uniquely compelling. Check out the story of Antelmo and Anna, ostensibly husband and wife, but in fact, respectively, a King from another universe and a duplicitous weaver of magic. In one story, the hero is put into a prison to service its masochistic director in a series of graphic sex scenes; in another, a galactic police officer, in pursuit of a mutant female shape-shifter, engages in a passionate affair with her; the first story, set a couple of years in the future, despite the deceptively realistic nature of its events (with Alberto rising in business and politics like a youthful Berlusconi, and obsessed with Jasmine Ferrari, a world-renowned actress), is revealed ultimately to be the description of a fantasy world in which Alberto, locked within a computer game, can have fulfilled each and every wish. You really must check these stories out.