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The author of the book: Mike Resnick
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Date of issue: June 2000
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Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature. "The Manamouki" is a novelette by Mike Resnick that won the Hugo and several other awards in 1991:

Kirinyaga is a terraformed planet where the inhabitants, descendants of a Kenyan tribe, the Kikuyu, have adopted the lifestyle and practices of pre-colonial days of their tribe. Koriba, the mundumugu or witch doctor character who narrates this story, is one of the leaders of the people. He’s also the only person in the group who has access to a modern-day computer, or even knows what a computer is; everyone else lives like the Kikuyu would have back in, say, the 1700s.

In "The Manamouki," a married couple from Earth immigrates to the planet Kirinyaga and joins the tribe. Even though the husband is a Kenyan, Koriba cautions the couple that they may not be able to assimilate fully, due to the hardships of daily life and the group’s dedication to the old ways, but they ― especially the wife ― are entranced by the idea of the natural lifestyle in a beautiful, unspoiled setting, and don’t want to listen to Koriba’s warning. The back-to-basics life has its appealing qualities, but if that also entails adhering to beliefs that utterly clash with our modern views, what is one to do? Can one pick and choose beliefs? Mike Resnick clearly shows the dangers and limitations of each viewpoint: those who think we need to completely reject all modern technology and adhere to traditional beliefs, even if repugnant from a modern point of view, and those who think refusing to make any concessions to change is foolish and stagnating. Either way, decisions tend to have unintended consequences that come back to haunt us. Resnick skillfully weaves in native legends that relate to the events of the tale, adding color and depth to the tale.

I first read The Manamouki several years ago in an anthology, Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories, and it’s one of the few short SF works I’ve read that has imprinted itself permanently on my brain. It’s amazing and appalling and unforgettable.

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Ebook The Manamouki read Online! Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed for major awards in England, Italy and Australia. He is the author of 68 novels, over 250 stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of 41 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages. He is the Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon and can be found online as @ResnickMike on Twitter or at

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