That was a fun read. As an aside, a while before Phil Farmer passed away, I negotiated with him and purchased his original copy of the Star Trek Writer's Guide that had been sent to him by Gene Roddenberry. Phil was a very cordial gentleman. He talked about having worked for a little while on a Trek story idea that he had, but that he had never fully fleshed it out. There were a couple of notes and a sketch or two on his guide. My impression was that his story was going to be something to do with intelligent plants. I sold the guide to another fan a while back, but it's preserved and in good hands.