The Gods and Their Machines
Tor, Nov 2004, 19.95, 233 pp.
Altima is the dominant nation in the area with its advanced technology making it so “superior” to its neighbors. Altima depends on its backward neighbors for raw materials including cheap labor that are especially used in its highly sophisticated manufacturing sector.
The largest border nation is the fundamentally religious Bartokhrin, an agricultural society that treats females as subservient ye...