ACH - Pandora
Who exactly is Pandora? She's from outside the Kesh, but seems to be a human. An observer. Is she like the Lady of Shallott in @RichardAbbott 's Half Sick of Shadows, spying on a world that isn't hers? Does she long to be a part of it? I didn't get that sense. Is she Le Guin? Or Le Guin's daughter? She's given quite a few interesting lines:
"The books are on the shelves, and all the electronic brains are full of memories... everything is in little bits." Does this mean discrete packets, or literally bits, as in 'bits and bytes'? Both?
"Many as we are, there's still too much to carry. We keep breeding to bear civilization forward, but they keep dying. There are not too many of them, only of us." Who is 'them' and who is 'us' in this context? Them being the Kesh, I assume. But 'us' seems to be other humans - outplanet humans? Not the City of Mind, since she seems to consider them to be 'other'.
"I have my own ideas about what's in the bottom of the box." Pandora's box is meant. Why is the land of the Kesh a pandora's box? What's in the bottom?
"No hurry, take your time. Here, take it, please. I give it to you, it's yours." Slow fiction?