Inspired by the book of the same name by Joan D. Vinge. As an art class assignment we were asked to choose a book and create our own illustration for it. I tryed to make every element of the drawing have significance to the story, but it's difficult to remember what everything means because I read the book about four years ago;the drawing is about three years old. I do know that the two circles in the upper left are actually supposed to be suns, but they had to look like moons to match the other colors. There is also some influence from the previous covers for this book by Leo and Diane Dillion and Micheal Whelan.