43% done with Shaman

I couldn’t help but get the impression that the chapter where Thorn is teaching Loon how to paint the animals on the cave wall that Robinson had had this image in his mind when he first started the novel. Thorn even has the line where he says ‘you have to think how it would really be’, and that’s what Robinson is doing – the whole novel is a thought experiment inspired by those beautiful and haunting images.