Speculative fiction should not be too speculative. And yet Lee oddly cripples his narrators: They know all sorts of details it is certainly not plausible for them to know-about most private actions of Fan and other characters-and yet, when it comes to Fan, they profess ignorance of anything that may distinguish her as an individual. "The question, then, is whether being an 'individual' makes any difference anymore. That it can matter at all. And if not, whether we in fact care." The narrators raise this question quite early on, and the answer, evidently, is that they do not care, because they follow this question by asking "Did Fan care about such things? We can't be certain. We know much about her daily life but that still leaves a great deal to be determined. She was perhaps brighter than most, certainly less talkative, but otherwise, in terms of character, not terribly distinctive." Exactly.