Thursday January 14, 2016
Book 16: Big, Dumb Objects — Part III


YAEYOEFUI: This "diplomacy" you describe... it is a syntactical formalization of communications protocols, for the avoidance of conflict?

SORLIE: It's also a survival trait. My people are violent and fragile.

YAEYOEFUI: Fragile? You? Your environment is full of "sharp" and "hot," any combination of which could turn me into a firestorm.

SORLIE: Relax. The nearest sharp and hot is meant for cutting and burning those who might try to hurt you.

YAEYOEFUI: Does that kind of statement make your people relax?

SORLIE: Can we go back to the happier topic of extinction?