Holy crap! That's about all I can say... Holy crap! This article is astonishing in what ideas it establishes, ties together, and explores. Well done, Abel! I wish everyone had Hyperspace access to read this thing! Though I wish I could, out of respect for the author (and fear of LFL g-men), I won't repost the whole thing, but here are some highlights I've always been particularly interested in the interplay between living crystaline beings like the Shard (though, I believe the Shard are brand new) and the Spook Crystals of Nam Chorios, driod intelligences and bodies, Ssi-ruuvi entechment, and the Force; now Abel has taken great strides to bring those concepts together in one, common dialogue. But this is just the tip of the iceberg! The article has other great nuggets of history, obscure references, and new ideas regarding driods, the New Order scientists, etc. This is very much a necessary read for any fan of the EU! Sorry, but any verbatim reprinting of Hyperspace material is verboten. Feel free to paraphrase though.