"I think it was round about my masters year in college that I really started to become enthralled with the marriage of synthetic to biological systems."

"That was also the time that Piper became enthralled with politics. Piper was my school brother. He looked after me. The girls loved him and the young men would follow him to the edges of the galaxy on his words alone."

"As we grew older we both became experts in our separate fields. In retrospect I really don't know why Piper liked me so much. We were as different as Vlane and Hallasi, but we both seemed to bring the best out in each other. In the end maybe we brought out the worst."