Based on movements from the War (and without knowledge of QuasiSpace), the humans probably thought the Arilou were the fastest, as implied by Hayes in-game: `they possess some technique for moving REALLY fast through HyperSpace. They never let us know what it was, but it sure beats the pants off our fastest ships.'Ur-Quan Dreadnought, which had the fastest known hyperdrive in the Great War.
This is a little jarring to read because a planet by definition orbits a star, not another planet. Perhaps ``world" could be substituted for planet in this line?Orbiting the red planet was a smaller grey planet
At the memorial service for the departed crew it's mentioned that Fwiffo doesn't attend, but it's not clear (unless I missed it) whether the crowd knew the role he played. The reader is sure to wonder about this, and either way Gruber would be expected to think about it.
I like the probe hostility / security arc.
Looking forward to reading the rest when I have more time!