Alessandra, Whelan is being a bit unfair in saying “Nowadays we’re far too sophisticated for the premise of a society run by a computer because computers can allegedly be perfectly objective and fair”. After all, we let computers run our financial markets. He was right that it is entertaining, Anderson almost always is.
First contact between humans and the cat people had been quite encouraging. They even grudgingly accepted our keeping of primitive felines as pets. Then it happened…. They discovered the existence of lolcats and the prospect of peace became impossible.