When I first started reading this story, I subconsciously assumed the narrator was a woman. When it turned out that this main character is a man, I was caught completely off guard. I hadn't even realized that almost all of the other stories have had women as main characters until this story. So it make me wonder, why are the modern science fiction writers basing their stories around women?
Another connection I made between this story and the others we have read thus far was the way they referred to "humans" as if they weren't humans themselves. When we read anything our mind just assumes that the beings talking are human. But this is science fiction. Why on earth (or any other planet of your choosing) would we assume that? Yet it still begs the question, if they aren't human, what are they? Aliens? Robots? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Autobots? I'll let you come to your own conclusions.
The story as a whole seemed to me that it could have been an episode on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Their discussions about who/what killed his son and where they came from and where they went just reminded me of Captain Kirk having a discussion with his crew as to how they were going to spend the remainder of the show. The setting I envisioned while reading looked remarkably similar to the control room of the Enterprise.
The only problem I had with the story was the way it ended. It was very abrupt and left everything up in the air. What do you all think happened?