None of this is likely to make sense if you have not already read "Avoiding Space Madness". This novelette bridges the gap between the end of that novel and the moment when Darwin's journey to the Lighthouse begins in earnest.
I don't quite know why, but I loved it.
Of course it wouldn't mean anything nor make any sense if you didn't read "Avoiding Space Madness" first. As wacky as the characters/ circumstances and plot are, the same are imaginative and entertaining. I couldn't help but enjoy this read.