Talked to Jed for a while, then read Patricia McKillip's The Moon and the Face, sequel to Moon-Flash. Fascinating -- in one sense, it's simply vintage McKillip, with beautiful language and deft characterization in a gorgeous world. In another sense, the two books together form a surprisingly complex primer on basic anthropological practice -- with both a criticism of how it used to be done, and suggestions for how it might be mroe ethically done in the future. And the protagonists are black (as beautifully illustrated on my hardcover cover of the second book) -- they look like our Africans, complete with cornrows and beaded hair. Which is just startling in SF, especially SF from the mid-80's. Really, she's done a remarkably fine job with these two books.