Well, this was definitely a different kind of read. I had bought this book for my library's collection (and I suppose I should clarify here - I work in a public library, and develop various parts of our collection. SF/F is one of them), and grabbed it when it came in. I wasn't familiar with this author, but I was intrigued by the idea of short stories --- and the title. I love the word chimera. What I found here completely met my expectations.
But first, let's see what Goodreads has to say about what's in this book: "Chimerascope-a story of many parts. A dinner conversation takes three lifetimes to finish. A geologist faces a planet-sized, eons-old puzzle to save her crew. The hero of the Fall of Earth must choose between love and revenge. A man is born each day into a new life-only to die each night. A sentient aurora threatens the last of humanity. A house as big as the world. These are some of the stories you will encounter in Chimerascope, the first full collection of short fiction from award-winning Canadian author, Douglas Smith. Sixteen stories of fantasy and science fiction that take you from love in fourteenth-century Japan to humanity's last stand, from virtual reality to the end of reality, from alien drug addictions to a dinner where a man loses everything."