The stories range from superior ("Death on the Nile") to weak ("Close Encounters"), the latter not prompting even a single chuckle. That one and a clever rift on the end of the world had timely references from the 1990s (Bill Clinton and Tonya Harding, anyone?) that didn't help all these years later.
"Death on the Nile" suffers early from some annoying characters before it turns serious and more complex. I kept wondering whether the same idea could have been developed better with some other characterizations, but she's the pro. Given that the other four stories were meant to be funny, perhaps these characters were for levity.
"Even the Queen" has to be one of a kind, or very close to it, with the dominant theme being whether technology that eliminates the female monthly cycle represents progress. Connie Willis isn't exactly Margaret Atwood in her take on women suppressed by the patriarch! I felt Willis as narrator didn't fit so well here.
OK, prospective writers, your assignment is to combine the disparate themes of Hollywood and quantum physics in a short story, preferably humorous. Her result has its moments, perhaps overplaying a few ideas.