In These United States, his first collection, Clive declares a strange love for the United States. From a man who can't die, through to one who's locked up all day, these stories take a foreigner's sideways look at what America is.
With simple writing Clive explores some issues that dominate US thought, but does so deftly, never demanding the reader hold one view over another.
Family secrets are revealed, long trips are taken, love is consummated, and shattered. Not everyone gets out alive. In other places he delves into the Speculative Fiction sand box that is his main love, and treats us to alien invasion, a havoc causing Zippo, and a forgetful sea-god, among others - each against the backdrop of another US state.
These United States is a collection to be read, pondered on, and read again.