I have a question as I'm not very deep into the book yet.
At the end of chaper eight Picard orders Faur to set up the runabout/shuttle for remote piloting and to make sure the sensors are set for a passive scan. So I assumed its an unmanned mission to the Machine. Then at the beginning of chapter nine we see a bunch of people getting ready for a mission to the Machine.
Is that just a goof? Or am I missing a chunk of the book through a corrupted file?