Well, since I have joined this mailing list I can ask some questions that I've wondered about. I haven't read Heaven's Reach in a while, but I don't remember the book answering these questions. Maybe some list members might know. Spoiler warning to anyone who hasn't read Heaven's Reach!! 1. When Gillian traded things with Uriel, did she take any rewqs? They'd be very valuable both for Earthclan and for that colony Alvin and Huck moved to. You ask a` question that would most likely be answered by our good Dr. Brin with, "Of course they did--just as soon as I write in the need for them in a later story." It ain't always completely thought out beforehand. Authors do get surprised by their own future plot twists. And that's Alvin, Mudfoot, and Huck on Harathrurptra. (Correct spelling anyone?) Mudfoot can become VERY important if Harathrumta (Sp?) has Rousit. Does anybody remember the Rousit? Contacting Aliens didn't. (The above is subject, of course, to Dr. Brin actually making the Rousit clients of the Hoon. It wasn't that clear in Heaven's Reach.) 2. Did we ever find out why Gillian wanted a herd of Glavers? They speak to hydrogen breathers, IIRC. I doubt they're legally available for uplift yet, (RE-Uplift, as they're on the downward slope.) but Contacting Aliens does say they haven't been spotted (in the other Galaxy 2) in 2000 years. Did she figure they might be the last of their kind, and want to prevent the Jophur from killing them all? (It would also have made it possible for Dwer to take a few back to Jijo, but I doubt David Brin would make things so narratively "easy" for Jijo.) 3. When Streaker and Polkjhy exchanged people and chunks of hull, did Lark and Ling give any of the red rings to Gillian? Those things are a potent biological weapon against Jophur, even if used only as a defensive measure. And Alvin could use the bio-life preservers in his sailing business. 4. Lark saw an Urs on Polkjhy, stuck in an air bubble. Why would any Urs accept such a watery/confined fate? Better than having some er pop the bubble? She'll be stuck in that little bubble for the rest of her life. Why didn't she go onto the Streaker while all those Dolphins were going onto Polkjhy? ~A new person without a screen-name _______________________________________________ http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com Bluehost? OK, any name but Smurfette.