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The Expert System's Brother Kindle Edition
Bestselling British master of science fiction Adrian Tchaikovsky brings readers a new, mind-expanding science fantasia in The Expert System's Brother
After an unfortunate accident, Handry is forced to wander a world he doesn’t understand, searching for meaning. He soon discovers that the life he thought he knew is far stranger than he could even possibly imagine.
Can an unlikely saviour provide the answers to the questions he barely comprehends?
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“I loved it. A bold, vivid story about humanity and the broader universe. Should we mold the universe to suit us? Or should we mold ourselves to suit the universe? Adrian Tchaikovsky keeps these choices in tension, and kept me riveted to the page.” ―Ramez Naam, author of Nexus
“A great coming-of-age story that careens through a world so vividly realized that you can feel each insect bite and taste every acrid berry. The Expert System’s Brother gives you that visceral eek of satisfaction as its pieces come into view then fit together with exacting precision. It’s a smart story, smartly told.” ―Hugo Award Winner, John Chu
"Tchaikovsky convincingly evokes a world populated with grotesque creatures, rituals, vegetation and mysterious technology that reflects a command of the science fiction genre." ―Lincolnshire Life Magazine
About the Author
- ASIN : B0791K4V2F
- Publisher : Tordotcom (July 17, 2018)
- Publication date : July 17, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1071 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 174 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,713 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yes, I'm able to suspend disbelief in hard sci-fi, but this story had the products of science and technology but too little explication. So at the end of the book I'm left wondering. Maybe the second book will reveal all?
is mostly great. And even if you read it and didn't like it like I do- it's short.
The story is set on an alien planet where humans live in small primitive communities. It's clear they weren't always primitive since they use "expert systems" or artificial intelligence even though they have clearly lost the knowledge and use it in an almost shamanistic way. It is also clear that these humans have something that allows them to not be harmed by the local ecology. The criminals and undesirables of the community are stripped of such ability and exiled to die horribly or poisoning, anaphylactic shock, or hunger. Our protagonist is partially stripped of such gift by accident and so begins his adventure that will bring him to uncover more about the planet, the colonists' history, and the role of the expert systems.
This is the first part of the story so the end, while well crafted, may seem a little abrupt. Not to worry, move straight to the second part, "The Expert System's Champion", which is as worthy a read as the first.
Having read this author's other books "Children of Time" and "Children of Ruin" I can say he's becoming one of my favorites. I also appreciate the fact he sticks to writing good fiction instead of mediocre politics like some of his peers have got in the habit of doing. Science fiction is by its own nature "different" and by definition requires an open mind. There's no need to insult the reader's intelligence with forced political metaphors and banal propaganda. I thank the author for sparing us that torture and I will remain his loyal reader as long as he does that.
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And then he encounters Sharskin… I have read several reviews where the readers felt this was a predictable story. While I got a sense of exactly what we were looking at once they arrived at Sharkin’s settlement, I didn’t foresee what would happen next and the way in which Handry’s loyalty and sense of humanity would be tested. Because at the end of the day, this novella is all about one of Tchaikovsky’s major themes – a question he keeps coming back to in a variety of fascinating forms and forces his readers to ask – what does it mean to be human? What is the price you pay for your adherence to your code of behaviour? What happens when you turn your back on that code? What defines you, then?
I thoroughly enjoyed this clever, thought-provoking story and have found myself thinking about it quite a lot since I finished reading it, which surprised me rather. There’s something about Tchaikovsky’s writing that always gets into my inscape, leaving me pondering those questions he raises while telling a cracking story. Highly recommended for fans of colony adventures.