This consists of 3 short stories. The first bears the title of the book, and concerns a man's attempts to continue a relationship with his dead wife, who has been rekindled into a new life. He notices disturbing differences in her personality, but continues to seek his old relationship with her. A horrible end to his efforts is the consequence. The second story, "Thomas the proclaimer", concerns an evangelist who decides to prove to everyone that God is still watching over them by asking for a sign from Him. After the sign is apparently received, Thomas expects the people of the world to come together in peace. Things do not go as expected, however. The third story, simply titled "Going", tells an emotional tale of a 135 year old man dealing with a decision to end his life. The custom of the day allows the man to retire to a sort of nursing home, where he is allowed as much time as needed to prepare for and determine the exact day of his death. The process is completely voluntary. Upon entering the home the man believes he is ready. But as, one by one, others in the home depart from their lives, the man copes with many mixed feelings. The story is so absorbing for many reasons, the least of which is the story itself. The words quietly and softly spoke volumes about the issues of aging and quality of life, and about the journey each of us must eventually face. This story alone earns the book a place at my home. While the other two are also interesting, they did not grip me on a personal level the way "Going" did. The strong feelings that it brought me are the reasons I enjoy good science fiction, and the reasons I find myself constantly amazed with the writings of Robert Silverberg.