I finished Children of the Sky. It was good, very good, but I guess I shouldn't have paid attention to that map in the front of the book. Maybe it was same map as the one in Fire Upon the Deep? The book was very Vingean, no mistake there: it's got technology, it's got science, and it's even got Tines. Although it's the third book in his Zones of Thought series, it gave me more of the feel of his Bobble series. So, yes, it's a planetary romance, which means I'm now on the prowl for a good space opera.