From the introduction: "I am happy with these stories. I have carefully gone through them all and taken out all the typographical errors and infelicities that have crept into them through the years. I discovered with great shock that some editor, unbeknownst to me, had changed the name of the character in 'The Streets of Ashkelon' and had bowdlerised the religious discussions. If I ever discover who did this I will tear his, her or its heart out."