...because i'm the person Tia was based on. But it's a lively, excellent sequel to -The Ship Who Sang-, which literally changed my life. The characters are well-rounded, the "Brawn Fascination" is well-described and -thought out. There are sly references to other fans in the story, but it's a stirring tale even if you dive in ignorant of everything but the characters and their adventures. From the introduction of Tia through her changes -- as she slowly succumbs to an alien disease while trying to conceal her illness from her busy parents, then begs to be admitted into the Brain Corps -- is strong stuff. But Tia triumphs in every way, and Ted E. Bear helps as best he can [of *course* he succeeds; have you ever known a teddy bear who didn't?].