One of my favorite science fiction authors is Robert Reed. His “great ship” series of novellas and stories I found fantastic, and he has lots of other good stuff. But Sister Alice was a mess, at times virtually unreadable. I’d compare it to the running boars scene in Princess Mononoke… the boars are running, enraged… cut to another shot…. cut back to boars…. still running…. another scene… boars, running, eyes glowing red…. ugh. Dozens of pages of starships “racing” around the universe….