Mutants (Volume Three of Matter Is Mostly Space) re-twists the re-realities of Vera Kamchatka, Roland Randall (or one of their Meboids) and other previously appearing minor characters.
Reappearing is Quentin Denmore, who started this whole thing in The Metaphysical Invasions, and from The Arrival of the Overlords returns the unstable Diaz. These existential irruptions introduce the sociopathic Drs. Vogt and Ichi, always good for a laugh in the field of human experimentation, who are also incidental in resolving whether humans have free will.
The stories in this volume are
“Pardon My Extremities”
“The Metaphysical Phase-Out”
“Nihilism and Threatening Mania”
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