Shaman is a reprint of several SF short pieces that first appeared in Analog Science Fiction Magazine. They all concern the adventures of eccentric kilt-wearing anthropologist/archaeologist/xenologist Rhys Llewellyn and his assistants Yoshi Umeki and Roderick Halfax. These are not merely tales of first contact–they are also tales of how an innovative senior officer at an exploration corporation hires an anthropologist to make sure that both the corporation and the natives are dealt with fairly.
Rhys both listens and watches very closely, and he rarely, if ever, assumes anything. Such is his genius. In these tales, he grows and changes, using his strengths and working on his weaknesses. All too often he is misunderstood and underestimated by his peers, and that just adds to the fun. These tales are layered, and they also have a deep respect for the concept of spirit. I really enjoyed them, and hope that Maya K. Bohnhoff writes more tales of Rhys Llewellyn.
Read a sample or buy this collection here.