Hi all... If this has been asked before then i apologise! I've really enjoyed reading all the Polity novels from Gridlinked on - I have yet to pick up any of the earlier ones and still haven't grabbed a copy of Cowl. But I've loved the Cormac and Spatterjay books....Neal certainly has a talent for thinking up bizarre and nasty creatures! Anyway - to the point - currently reading The Voyage of Sable Keech for a second time (whilst waiting for a friend to return Brass Man, which i loaned him about a year ago and still haven't had a chance to read again!), and I just wondered how the two spatterjay novels fit into the Polity timeline in relation to the Cormac books? Does anyone out there know, from reading earlier short stories perhaps? (Or perhaps Mr Asher himself could shed some light?) . It's a strange thing to be curious about, but I just wondered....in the two spatterjay novels the Prador are a major presence, and in the past almost destroyed the Polity... but in the Cormac books they're not mentioned (unless I missed something or remember incorrectly)....also - in TVOSK the Jain nanotech is hinted at being the origin of the Nanochanger tech used by the reifs - which led me to wonder if the Skinner and TVOSK are in the future of the Cormac books? Clearly i have too much free time on my hands... thanks for reading all that!