Dedication: For my wife, Yukiko, with all my love. Also, the filmmaker, the dancer, the puzzler and the chindit: Scott, Robert, Connie and Harry. You're the best.
Epigraph: Nothing which we can imagine about nature is incredible.
Pliny the Elder
Epigraph: Man is simply the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species.