I am reading "Startide Rising" for the second time. I really do not remember reading it much the first time (>20 years ago) but thanks to my journal I see that my overall impression the first time around was good other than:
the central question of what Herbie is or whether he is a progenitor is never answered
I never read the uplift war because of fear that the above issue would still be the case. Can someone say, without ruining the whole story, whether this is answered in some satisfactory way?