From David M. Kelly comes a cast of characters all in need of some serious therapy.In "Dead Reckoning", Hector discovers that life after death aint easy when your shorts itch and your ass belongs to a whip-wielding giant. And pity poor Murphy, struggling to keep the peace between his team of geeky scientists and a gung-ho Lieutenant as they investigate a mysterious alien space ship."First Contact" is always complicated, especially when you have to call in cranky old relic, Casteneda, to bail you out. While fresh off the battlefield, Matt Holbrook finds himself grappling with a perplexing new species but all he wants is to make it home.Earl Duarte is in for some interesting pet therapy in "How much is that doggy?" And Elvis definitely needs therapy. In "One for the money" hes re-entered the building, but is kinda confused. Meanwhile lovesick Dan wonders if Mel will ever notice him in the technology-obsessed world of "Version Control" ."Dead Reckoning and other stories:" science fiction with character.