Writers of the Future XXVI
Most aliens alter themselves, but humans terraform other worlds. Aliens compete with each other in order to make the beautiful worlds that can support at least five galactic species. Kiona, a human, encounters a walking tree composed of Zoi’ahmets, wickurn, and chenditi who work together to adapt themselves to the world. Koina gets infected, fevered, and loses her vision and Zoi’ahmets has to get her to safety.
Interesting critique of human assumption of terraforming in favor of human adaptation. Reminiscent of the alien-foreign-ness of Cordwainer Smith and Hal Clement.