|Chaga (1995) [Novel]|
by Ian McDonald
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Gaby McAslan's heart is set on a career in network journalism, but
when the brightside of Iapetus starts diminishing, and Hyperion
disappears completely, her destiny is truly set. As the mysterious
fate of Saturn's moons draws her to London and fires her ambitions, so
a meteor drags her even further, across whole continents, to Kenya,
the site of the Kilimanjaro Event. Where the meteor landed, the
striking African landscape has given way to something equally
beautiful - and indescribably alien.
A little like a multi-coloured rain forest, a little like a drained
coral reef, but mostly like nothing anyone has ever seen before, the
alien flora deposited on Earth from the stars is spreading at a
It's dubbed the Chaga, in memory of the first of the African tribes
to be engulfed and swallowed by the unceasing expansion. It destroys
all plastics and man-made materials - and it moulds human flesh, bone
and spirit to its own designs, as varied and as incomprehensible as
the Chaga's own multitude of forms.
And when Gaby McAlsan finds the first man to survive the Chaga's
changes, she realizes the Chaga has its own plans for humankind - and
the face of the future is both terrifying and awesome...
Original title: Chaga
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Planets & Societies→ Ecological Systems
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Alien Beings→ Alien Invasion & Post-occupation