In her introduction to this collection of science fiction and fantasy stories, New Zealand author Lucy Sussex writes that all stories "give the reader a viewpoint into another's world." In the case of science fiction and fantasy, those worlds are "peculiarly imaginative," and the nine stories featured in Altered Voices offer the reader nine different imaginative worlds to explore. The collection begins with Ms. Sussex's story called "The Lottery," in which a scientist of the future tries to save the human species by traveling in a time machine over five hundred million years into the past, to an era that precedes any creature more evolved than the earliest organisms that swam in the earth's first oceans. In "Face to Stony Face," by Gary Crew, a detective investigates a string of strange murders that may or may not involve two stone gargoyles sitting atop an old movie house. There are stories of ghosts haunting a spaceship, giants that roam the planet, even of a Christmas that may be Earth's last. This collection is a terrific introduction to a writing genre where the reader's imagination is the only limit to what can be envisioned. A brief author's bio proceeds each of the book's nine engrossing stories. Following each story is an afterword by its author that provides not only additional insight into the story just read, but listings of additional works as well.