This is the last of what I think of as the 'setup' chapters and breaks at a fun point. From 21 on, I think it's a great romp to the ending - at least it felt that way while writing it.
To answer a few questions about Levall, NTSU, and their use in both Human Man and Island Mine. ( http://storiesonline.net/s/73545 )
The idea for the fictional city of Levall and the university came while I was finishing Human Phoenix. I planned at that point to use it in the sequel, but decided to flesh out the idea while writing Island Mine. While the setting is the same, Human Man and Island Mine are in different 'realities.'