I don't think I'll attempt to talk about the plot of these short stories. The blurbs refer to Saunders as a "social satirist" and compare him to Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, among others. Like Vonnegut, Saunders is a "literary" writer, though from another writer these stories could well be considered science fiction or fantasy. (Most of them, a couple of stories in this collection are what I'd call mainstream.) The writing is beautiful and a joy to read. Saunders is a master of tone and viewpoint - there's a lot going on in these stories, but even more bubbling under the surface that's revealed by the narration. The opening story, "I Can Speak (TM)" is very funny, and by the time the reader gets to "Jon," the third story, a definite sense of unease and creepiness has arrived. "The Red Bow" is horrifying. "Adams," the shortest piece here at 6 pages, starts out one way, but by the end, I have a whole different view of the narrator. Not every story here is great ("93990" is interesting, but goes nowhere), but this is an amazing collection from an amazing writer.