Book Review: The Expert System’s Champion (Expert System #2) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (four stars)
We, who can do things no other human can, and all we paid for the privilege was everything we had and ever were.
Engaging and imaginative science fiction about “second contact.” Tchaikovsky veers in a new direction for his second story on this world. Parallel narratives precede and follow The Expert System’s Brother. Excellent development.
We were the lords of the unnatural. We had made ourselves the ambassadors between the people of the villages and that other unseen world the ancestors had come from.
Really unique aliens. So often, like online games and SF movies, the aliens are just humans with strange masks. Prepare to have your Eweh sense disturbed.
Hope was most of the little we had. The remainder, which was to say, my plan, was despair.