Farmer had to cut in the manuscript of the fourth Riverworld novel, because it had become too long: "I made great slashes in the novel. Result: the reader of the fourth and final book in the series will know that many of the characters more or less prominent in the first three books had died during the battle. But the reader won't know how they died or why. The chapters excised from Design but included in the book at hand relate the fate of these people. They also tell how Burton managed to get to the ammunition storage room in the Not For Hire during the battle."