The contents are science fictional for sure, without the soupçon of fantasy to muddy the waters. Exactly what I like in my favorite genre of short fiction. I like the series' focus on story, though I was less impressed by one story that was focused on telling rather than narrating, through which I skipped past whole pages. Though "Special Edition" is not a meaningful theme which could have been as well called "Smorgasbord" or "Olio," the anthology just works. Delightful.