|Kirinya (1998) [Novel]|
by Ian McDonald
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The end of the universe happened at around ten o'clock at night on
22 December 2032. It's just that humanity hasn't realized it yet.
The Chaga, the strange flora deposited from the stars, has been
busy terraforming the tropics into someone else's terra. A
little like a multi-coloured rainforest, part coral reef and wholly,
indescribably alien, the Chaga changes everything - and everyone -
that it comes into contact with.
Gaby McAslan was once a hungry news reporter who compromised her
relationship with UNECTA researcher Dr Shepard for the sake of her
story. But for the past ten years Shepard has been incommunicado on
board the Big Dumb Object, the huge, mysterious craft that is orbiting
midway between Earth and the Moon, while Gaby lives within the Chaga
zone in an experimental community of artists, writers and dancers ...
but Gaby is no longer a journalist and she doesn't want to be an
artist - and she doesn't want to be a full-time mother, even though
her child Serena is her last link with Shepard.
Gaby's fire has gone out; she's gone soft. But the massive
political and military upheavals that are rocking the world are about
to drag her back into action. Humanity has been changed by the alien
invasion; now mankind is fighting new battles.
Original title: Kirinya
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Planets & Societies→ Ecological Systems
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Alien Beings→ Alien Invasion & Post-occupation