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Tendeléo's Story by Ian McDonald
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Aug 03, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: dystopic-or-apocalyptic, sci-fi, aliens, biopunk, robots-n-androids, social-sf
Read on August 02, 2010

This little novella just took my breath away. If it were a Jelly Belly and if Jelly Bellies were books, Tandeleo's Story = Darwinia+The Poisonwood Bible+July's People

But that doesn't really do the story justice. Set in modern-day Kenya in a small village named Gichichi, Tandeleo is the oldest daughter of the village Episcopalian priest. An alien life form called the Chaga has landed on Mt. Kilimanjaro, and transforms the landscape in unthinkable ways. Luckily Gichichi is far from Kilimanjaro and Nairobi, and the people in the village are more concerned with their crops and animals and living their lives. But the Chaga is spreading and will soon reach Gichichi and Tandeleo's family home. What happens next to Tandeleo is a story of fear, adaptation, migration and acceptance.

Both Tandeleo's Story and Kirinya are sequels to Evolution's Shore.

This novella is also available in The Year's Best Science Fiction: 18th Annual Collection
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