That sounds about right. In fact I prefer this. I like stories set in the same universe, but don't need the same characters over and over.It could be that the owner trilogy is one story to be told in a greater universe, like the Skinner trilogy was a stand alone story set within the Polity.
Certainly meets the unfathomable criterion!Alas, I have now finished Infinity Engine. The trilogy was awesome and I'm actually sorry it's over. A good, strong story with relentless pace and some excellent characters. I haven't been this thrilled since reading Dan Abnett's The Lost omnibus.
Is Penny Royal god now?