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Tiny Tango
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Tiny Tango

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Author: Judith Moffett
Publisher: Asimov's Science Fiction, 1989
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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novella.

When an ambitious young botanist named Nancy Sandford discovers that she is positive for HIV, she scraps plans for a world-class research career and reinvents herself as a mediocre professor in an academic backwater. By doing so she hopes to keep her secret concealed, and to survive until a cure for HIV is found. In her struggle to endure the loneliness and terror of such a life, Sandy involves herself in activities ranging from the botanical to the bizarre; and both sorts come into play when an accident occurs at a power plant near her home, shortly before an alien ship lands on the moon.

The nuclear meltdown shatters Sandy's carefully restricted personal world. Yet its consequences--combined with alien intervention--bring about a startling conclusion to her situation and to the story.

The story originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 1989. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection (1990), edited by Gardner Dozois, and Women of Wonder: The Contemporary Years: SF by Women from the 1970s to the 1990s (1995), edited by Pamela Sargent. The novella was later incorporated in the novel The Ragged World (1991).


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