Rogers' bent toward technological whimsy in a cautionary vein is exercised in a few of the stories here: a man whose brains are leaking out through his ears; an out-of-control lab experiment devoted to producing a death-dealing fungus; a chic couple who deal in proscribed lasers and aphrodisiac psychedelics. But these mostly strain. Better are a pair of vignettes of laid-back hippie life in Northern California, ""Skin's Art"" and ""Monsters For Everyone."" The rest of this baker's dozen of tales could be characterized as L. L. Bean-ish: young West Coasters skitouring, camping, fishing in Alaska, and encountering among all the natural finery either weird happenstances or their real selves. Not a one seems anything but tinny, but a certain modish audience will find them congenial.