Re: Maybe I missed this, but what's going on? (Score: 0)
posted Saturday, July 02, 2011 - 01:15 PM (#59546
1. I don't think the Continuum is angry about the drive technology. The newborn maker who left on the shuttle, died, and was found by the humans was carrying a Spirit of some kind, given to him by the rogue Maker. THAT is what the Continuum wants.
2. He is not the one who got plunked in the beginning. That was his offspring. He had run off with a Spirit, which at this point is a MacGuffin, meaning we don't know what it is. The humans might not even know they have it, since they don't know what it is the Continuum is asking them to return. His significance to the plot is to tell us why there's a war (it's his fault) and also to give us insight into the society of the Makers.
3. They didn't meet a human ship, they met a Veetan ship. The humans had believed that the Continuum is universally, and meaninglessly, aggressive. However, the fact that they did not attack the Veetan ship shows us that that's not true. The Continuum specifically is attacking human ships.
4. Who knows? We will probably find out in, like, a year. This is an unhurried plot, made even slower by its once-a-week update schedule.
Hope that helps! I think it might be a good idea for Dave to write an ongoing summary of the plot. Months go by between related plot points, and lots of us just don't have the memories for that. It's a shame that subtle things (and important things) get lost in the passage of time.