Elder Race, by Tchaikovsky

Saturday April 2, 2022

As mentioned in its dedication, Tchaikovsky's 2021 short novel Elder Race is heavily inspired by Wolfe's 1967 story Trip, Trap. What's new?

Both explore the idea of advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic (Arthur C. Clarke's quote) with fantasy and sci-fi POV characters. Perhaps the most interesting thing about both stories, and perhaps more so Elder Race, is the idea that there is a level of understanding well beyond that of the high-tech human "wizard."

Mostly it's straightforward fun though. In the end they destroy what they don't understand and live happily ever after.