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Kirinyaga (1998) [Collection]
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Series: Koriba (Kirinyaga)

Summary (From the publisher):

By the twentieth second century in the African nation of Kenya, polluted cities sprawl up the flanks of sacred Mount Kirinyaga. Great animal herds are but distant memories. European crops now grow on the sweeping savannas. But Koriba, a distinguished, educated man of Kikuyu ancestry, knows that life was different for his people centuries ago--and he is determined to build a utopian colony, not on earth, but on the terraformed planetoid he proudly names Kirinyaga.

As the mundumugu--witch doctor--Koriba leads the colonists. Reinstating the ancient customs and stringent laws of the Kikuyu people, he alone decides their fate. He must face many challenges to the struggling colony's survival: from a brilliant young girl whose radiant intellect could threaten their traditional ways to the interference of "Maintenance" which holds the power to revoke the colony's charter. All the while, only Koriba--unbeknownst to his people--maintains the computer link to the rest of humanity.

Ironically, the Kirinyaga experiment threatens to collapse--not from violence or greed--but from humankind's insatiable desire for knowledge. The Kikuyu people can no more stand still in time than their planet can stop revolving around its sun.


Original title: Kirinyaga
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionPlanets & Societies

The following works are contained within this one:
     Kirinyaga (1988) [Short Story]
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     For I Have Touched the Sky (1989) [Short Story]
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     Bwana (1990) [Novella]
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     Manamouki, the (1990) [Novelette]
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     One Perfect Morning, With Jackals (1991) [Short Story]
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     Song of a Dry River (1991) [Short Story]
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     Lotus and the Spear, the (1992) [Short Story]
      Author: Mike Resnick
     Little Knowledge, a (1994) [Short Story]
      Author: Mike Resnick
     When the Old Gods Die (1995) [Short Story]
      Author: Mike Resnick
     Land of Nod, the (1996) [Short Story]
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  • Collection/novel of eight related stories, with framing epilogue and prologue. A space colony attempts to recreate the old way of life of the Kikiyu people of Kenya. The authorís afterword discusses how the stories came to be written, and the various awards and nominations they garnered individually (among them, two Hugo awards).

Edition #1: Kirinyaga

Kirinyaga (1998)
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Language: English

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Kirinyaga (1998)

ISBN: 0345417011

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