This is "The Blue-Flag in the Bog", scientificted. The Gods are super-evolved aliens and the scrap to save is
dutiful and diligent, man's friend, dog, genegineered to speak. Like the poem, the book is twee but not too.
In comparison with Radiant, the super-aliens are only concerned with what weak creatures do to each other, which I find more plausible both as a moral opinion and as a plot constraint. Tepper's heroine has much of the same put-upon competence as's, though.
ISBN: 006053821XSo wrote clew in SF&F. | TrackBack