Books. You know what they are. They look like ice cream sandwiches (mmm... ice cream) with stories inside them (mmm... stories). Even if you're reading Hyperion on an e-reader, you've seen a book. But what about people 700 years from now? They're sure to still have stories, but will they know what a book is? Whether they have physical books or not, they'll definitely still have writers. Just as Father Lenar Hoyt is of the cruciform, Martin Silenus is of the Word, with all the pain and benefits that comes with. Reading about writing in a novel is always a strange experience, and it's hard to separate the character's opinions from the author's… especially when he's talking about how ridiculous the plot of his own book is.