Story of a large man who works for a racoon relocation business. He is ridiculed by his co-workers for his size and begins to feel very sorry for himsStory of a large man who works for a racoon relocation business. He is ridiculed by his co-workers for his size and begins to feel very sorry for himself. He ends up killing his sadistic boss and attempting to get away with it.
Story of a man who creates holograms for viewing. To make money in desperation he discovers that he can take away certain memories from people and place them in the hologram. He uses the money to care for a lady named Mrs. Schwartz who is bed ridden. He starts by taking some of her bad memories away and selling them. The story ends with him offloading his entire life onto the hologram so that he can not remember any of his old crappy life. Incredibly sad.
Ending note he leaves himself "Find someone to love. Your heart has never been broken. You've never done anything unforgivable or hurt anyone beyond reparation. Everyone you've ever loved you've treated like gold"
the story of a deformed young man, Cole, who is enslaved at a medieval theme park called Bountyland. Bountyland hearkens back to the golden age of humanity (get it, the dark ages?) in a world that has been poisoned through and through. The massive contamination of the environment by man-made chemicals and waste has caused some of the population to spontaneously mutate. Individuals with mutations are called Flaweds, and subject to slavery because of an edict issued by the government. Cole has claws on his feet, like a bird's, but is lucky enough to work at Bountyland with his sister, Connie. Connie is bought out of Bountyland by a rich Normal who wants to marry her, and then Cole hears that her future husband is notorious for selling his wives into slavery when he tires of them. Cole sets out across the country to track down Connie and prevent her sale. Along the way he runs into a myriad of tribulations. He is bought and sold a few times, forced into work and prostitution, beaten, and eventually finds his sister. In fact, the man she married has been very nice to her, and allows Cole to work on his ranch. After a short time things are well, but nothing has really changed in the country. Eventually, Cole decides to make a difference, and the story ends with him entering the hideout of a Flawed resistance organization, telling them he is there to help. At that point, things look a little brighter for the rest of the enslaved masses.
A story about a mentally challenged girl and the boy who gives up his metaphorical life for her happiness.
Story of a man who runs the wave pool at an amusement part who accidentally kills a boy with the waves. The event traumatizes the man so much that his whole life falls apart, his wife cheats on him and he gets demoted. The story ends on a high note with him deciding that this is as far as he will sink in despair and that this will be as bad as it gets....more