Many people have been shortening Star by Star as SbS, while I have preferred to use SxS. Why? Star By Star said another way is "Star Crossed" and everyone knows that Star-Crossed is a euphemism for fated tragedy. Remember that in Romeo and Juliet, the pair are immediately identified as star-crossed lovers. It is my theory that the title doesn't refer to the Vong taking the Galaxy one star at a time, or two stars next to each other, but rather certain fated tragedy. Most of you already know one tragedy. I have a feeling there is going to be a lot more.