"Anyone other than an anthvoke would want something from me in return. Anthvokes aren't interested in flesh." She tugged at the front of her sweat-stained tank top, briefly revealing the butterfly tattoo over her petite breasts. "Do you really want to share me with someone else?"
"Almost every week I'll have a nightmare of some sort. . . . I don't know what that says about my psychological stability, but man, have they ever provided me with material!"
Vinge creates a genuinely new and unique concept of the nature of the galaxy in which the laws of physics vary with location. The greatest potential for intelligence lies at the edges of the galaxy, where computer-like superminds with intellects far beyond the mental capacity of any biological brain dwell.