Short stories are not my normal reading preference, but DES Richard makes his short stories incredibly appealing, even to someone like myself who prefers epic novels. In 3024AD, you are given glimpses into a persistent universe. Each story builds and adds to the world building, though not always in a linear fashion. Richard shows mastery for the short-fiction style by telling inventive, in depth and compelling stories that include excellent world building and strong characters. He accomplishes a great deal within the short fiction style, the tiny glimpses making the reader hungry for more and the next story. Highly recommended read for any fan of the short story or science fiction.