Ken Altabef. The Lost Elephants of Kenyisha. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/Aug 2010).

Set on a Tanzanian wildlife reserve, quite vividly portrayed – you can feel the heat and smell the wildlife.

There’s a conundrum to be addressed – there are clear signs of an elephant herd running amok through villages and through the reserve. But there isn’t a herd anywhere nearby. Experts are called in, and they finally strike lucky, getting very much in the middle of the stampede. The smell, the noise, the palpable sense of emotion from the elephants are all tangible. However, the herd isn’t.

In the end it is an older ‘magic’, rather than a modern scientific solution, that identifies what is happening, and why, and what the greater consequences for us are. A story with a strong message.

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