The first miracle passed almost unnoticed. I guess that's the way first miracles are.
There is only one thing the machines cannot build, and that is the guiding intelligence of the new city.
Cherryh focuses on a type of person who is able to transcend the limitations of species, culture, and history to find points of intersection with other species and cultures that remain alien to the rest of humanity.
While wanting a ball is not wanting a prince / the two seem to go hand in hand, / a kind of logarithmic function of desire and fulfillment.