Nobody told the scholar-prince of Tir-Nan-Og that the elves of Alfheim celebrated their dead with same sex orgies. Intrigued, he seeks out the prince of Alfheim for detailed and practical instruction on the custom.
Five SF stories: "Stone" - Murder is easier on Mars.
"Cleanliness" - what will get to them first, the vagrant alien planet or the culture shock?
"Cast the First Stone," - Bryant was only trying to save lives. Now everyone wants to see him dead.
"The Generation Gap" - why it's a vital thing to keep up to date with your physics.
"Revolution" - a shameless spacestation joke.
Three short stories:
The Owl Wife - a young mother, overwhelmed by her life, makes a bad bargain with the local witch.
The Sacred Game - the Game shapes reality. Play reverently.
A Faerie Tale - It was a happy day for the statisticians of the Civil Service when Richard Foster ploughed up the fairy hill.