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Tiny Tango: a novella Judith Moffett

Tiny Tango: a novella

Judith Moffett

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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 herMoreWhen 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.“Tiny Tango,” written in 1987, was an early attempt to grapple with the AIDS epidemic in fiction. It appears (as Chapter 3) in The Ragged World, Volume I of the author’s Holy Ground Trilogy, and was a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards. “Tiny Tango” is also included in Ian Sales’s list: “100 Great Science Fiction Stories by Women.”