While humanity was limited to STL drives in the first volume, in the second FTL drives are gained. Through this humanity’s reach has spread beyond the solar system, and the exploration and colonization of other worlds has began in earnest. Like the first volume this is another collection of tales depicting small and big events in the lives of people who take part in this endeavor. Some have happy, or at least hopeful endings. Some don’t. Underlying everything is the hope that humanity, despite being foolish and often prone to err, might learn and grow. But this is not a given thing. And death is just a short step away, in space and on alien worlds.