Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Having just read the first three pages, until the first break in the narrative, I have found several familiar story elements:
faster than light quasivelocity;
an interstellar Empire, with slaves;
many implausibly humanoid, even "human," aliens;
an interstellar civilization secretly observing Earth;
a hint that Terrestrials are somehow special.
There is also what may be a covert reference to another writer about a Galactic Empire:
"...the foundation and the reason for the Empire..."
- Poul Anderson, The Collected Short Works Of Poul Anderson (Framingham, MA, 2009), p. 197.
"Genius" should not be confused with "Details," which bears some of the listed common features. I am still not entirely sure whether I have read "Genius" before.
Addendum: It seems I have misunderstood some points but only because they are introduced allusively and gradually. In this case, the Empire is Solarian and the covertly observed planet is not Earth but somewhere else. I will have to read further (obviously) to unravel the plot.