I'm about halfway through the book at this point and I'm very intrigued with the developments so far. I do have one question for Kirsten, though anyone else is free to offer insight as well. It has surprised me to see the great lengths the fleet is going to in order to hide their technology from the Confederacy, as well as the general level of suspicion and wariness towards the Confederacy. I understand it's a delicate first contact situation and certainly an amount of caution is to be expected from both sides. But what I'm seeing so far in the book seems a bit extreme. From what I remember of the series, Voyager rarely had any reservations of demonstrating their technology to species they had just met. Obviously, sharing their technology was avoided at all costs, but using it or making it known was not such a big deal. They frequently made first contact with new species and would allow them a tour of the ship, including areas of high sensitivity like the Bridge and Engineering. Certainly they took precautions to guard those areas, and they did not go into technical specifications of their technology. But they didn't actively hold back as much as I've seen them do with the Confederacy up to this point. So far the Confederacy has shown they are a similarly advanced species, they have fought alongside the fleet and helped defend them, and in many ways treated them as friends and allies. I get that there are several warning signs in the culture and past actions of the Confederacy that are concerning. But as has been pointed out several times in the book so far, such cultural differences are to be expected and are not indications that peaceful interactions aren't possible. While I agree they still have much to work out regarding their future interactions, it seems strange to me that the fleet is regarding them with so many precautions in place. So my question is, is there a reason that the Confederacy seems to be more of an exception in how they are regarded by the fleet? Is it that you (Kirsten) feel that the casual attitude they demonstrated towards first contact in the series was a mistake made by the show, or that it is considered to be an exception due to Voyager's unique circumstances when they were stranded? Or is there something specific about the Confederacy that I have missed that makes this level of caution warranted? I apologize in advance if this topic has already been addressed - I have not read all of the comments here just to make sure I don't accidently read any spoilers. But I wanted to ask because it is such a key component in their interactions and tactics so far and I wanted to clarify the seeming inconsistency as I was not expecting that tone to their interactions.