The Isle of the Deep is really not a single creature but a colony
of thousands of individual tubules, an aquatic vector of the Mind Worm
which terrorizes Planet's continents. Over its lifetime certain tubules
secrete a tough, gluelike substance which hardens to form the
characteristic shell that floats the colony and creates the appearance
of a rogue island.
- —Lady Deidre Skye,
- “A Comparative Biology of Planet
and Ecological Engineering
reveal the vastness and complexity of the ecosystem on Planet. Research into Centauri Meditation
illuminates the next, almost terrifying step-the attempt to communicate directly with Planet itself.