Chaga (McDonald novel)


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First edition cover
AuthorIan McDonald
Audio read byMelanie McHugh
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreScience fiction
PublisherGollancz (UK)
Bantam Spectra (US)
Publication date
12 October 1995 (UK)
1 December 1995 (US)
Media typePrint, E-book, Audiobook
ISBN978-0-57506-052-4 (UK)
0-553-37435-4 (US)
Preceded by"Toward Kilimanjaro" 
Followed byKirinya 

Chaga (published as Evolution's Shore in the United States) is a 1995 science fiction novel by British author Ian McDonald. It was released in the United Kingdom on 12 October 1995. Told through the eyes of journalist Gaby McAslan, the novel explores the catastrophic effects of an alien flora, dubbed the "Chaga", which is brought to Kenya by a meteor in what has become known as the Kilimanjaro Event.

McDonald said of the novel:

The image of the unstoppable wave of transformation was nicked from The Wrath of Khan: it's the Genesis device, slowed down, and once I had that, it became a rich source of metaphors: for colonialism, new technology, globalisation, change, death. If the Chaga is colonialism, it's a unique kind that allows the people of the poor South to use and transform it to meet their needs and empower themselves: it's a symbiosis.[1]

Chaga was nominated for the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel (1995),[2] and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1996).[3]


  1. ^ Gevers, Nick (2001). "Future Remix: an interview with Ian McDonald". Infinity Plus. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1995 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1996 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 8 January 2018.