I'm trying to remember the name of an author and the title of a book of his or hers, containing short stories. Two of these stories stand out from the collection as I remember it.
One story details a prison which is established 2 billion years in the past and holds political prisoners and anarchists. There is a one-way travel system that prevents any prisoner from returning to the present.
Another is about a guy whose job is to act as a mediator between minds. He is hired to establish a connection between two people who can not communicate their ideas competently enough through language, but can achieve a merging of ideas on a "psychic" (in absence of a better word) level. His story recounts the events which effectively broke his mind and disrupted his perception of the linear passage of time, allowing him to experience past present and future somewhat simultaneously.
I cannot find the author's name in my brain, but maybe someone else has read this book or heard of these stories and can help me out. :)