Fred Saberhagen can surely write. The introductions to each story, written by pacifistic alien observers, is written with an “alien” syntax, and each story changes timbre slightly, to reflect the voice of differing protagonists. Every once in a while, there is a truly thoughtful line: When I remember the truth, it will be terrible. Still, when the Berserker inadvertently cures a man’s cancer was my only favorite story. Saberhagen wrote the first story in 1963, and had made a franchise of novels and stories that exists to this day. I’ll pass.
Writers need to write valuable stories. Even if they are silly, stories need to be of value to the reader. Remember what Michael Swanwick, Kelly Link, and Holly Black all said? “Your story is about the most important day of the character.” Don’t write slight stories.