In Adrian Tchaikovsky's Elder Race, a junior anthropologist on a distant planet must help the locals he has sworn to study to save a planet from an unbeatable foe.
Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way.
But a demon is terrorizing the land, and now she’s an adult (albeit barely) and although she still gets in the way, she understands that the only way to save her people is to invoke the pact between her family and the Elder sorcerer who has inhabited the local tower for as long as her people have lived here (though none in living memory has approached it).
But Elder Nyr isn’t a sorcerer, and he is forbidden to help, for his knowledge of science tells him the threat cannot possibly be a demon…
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Praise for Elder Race
Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky
“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
“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 on The Expert System’s Brother
“Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human.” - Patrick Ness
“Brilliant science fiction and far out world building” - James McAvoy on Children of Time
“A refreshingly new take on post-dystopia civilizations, with the smartest evolutionary worldbuilding you'll ever read” - Peter F. Hamilton on Children of Time
“A magnificently imaginative space opera.” - B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on Children of Time