I really was not a fan of this. Though I thought the physical writing was not bad, the actual stories completely failed to grasp me, aside from the futuristic one which was not developed nearly enough. If the entire book had been about the prisoners, with only a few mentions of how the other stories may have related, then I may actually have enjoyed reading The Birth of Love.
It really didn't help that the meticulously described account of an incredibly painful and distressing labour not only took up a good third of the book, but also completely freaked me out - I only hope I can forget it in the next decade or so before I face labour myself. Terrifying.