I don't read many short story collections, but this is a good one by a favorite author. There are six short stories here, from a wrestling competition between a human and a shape-shifting alien, two very different stories of alien invasion, and early stories in the Star Rigger universe. Convincing world building and solid characterization are always features of Carver's work, and the plotting here is tight and focused. The unifying theme of the collection is human/alien interaction, not always to the benefit of the humans.
All in all, this is a very pleasant way to while away a few evenings, or a few summer afternoons out the sun and the heat.
I bought this book.