"'Drinker' by Michael Jasper provides a model for enveloping readers in a nonhuman, alien culture"
There are Elders, and then there are Drinkers.
Our narrator, alas, is a Drinker, and his life on the planet called Wannoshay is one of hardship and unimaginable labors: he must travel many miles to gather water from the shrinking oceans, and carry it back to his people. In his belly.
A prequel to Michael Jasper’s near-future science fiction novel The Wannoshay Cycle.
“Drinker” was previously published in the DAW anthology Heroes in Training, and it tells the tale of a young, hard-working alien who just might become great.