I hope I am posting this suggestion in the correct forum. Please forgive me if it should be elsewhere, instead. Without spoiling a fantastic book, let me generalize by saying that this idea is to create a chain of vessels--shuttles, runabouts, workbees, etc.--to form a Rescue Rope System (RRS), to help evacuate personnel, including androids, from an endangered vessel or dangerous location, if the main ship's transporters are damaged or otherwise inoperable. All the ship's auxilliary craft could stretch themselves out in a line, with those capable of transporting several individuals aboard interspersed with the others, at their limits of transport. That way, this chain of vessels could transport people from the dangerous situation up the chain, from vessel to vessel, until they are safely aboard the main ship. The smaller craft, which cannot transport anyone aboard themselves, would help to anchor the transporting vessels in place. After everyone has been rescued, the chain of vessels could return to the main ship. What do you think?