Raxter School for Girls lies at the tip of an isolated island off the coast of Maine. Eighteen months ago it was hit by the Tox, a mysterious illness that killed off most of the teachers and leaves the students suffering from horrific and violent mutations. The island has been in quarantine ever since. The only people to ever leave the confines of the school are those chosen for Boat Shift; a select few tasked with collecting meagre supplies shipped in by the Navy to be brutally fought over by the surviving girls at the school.
The year is 2059 and the Earth has ceased orbiting the sun; an event that has become known as the Stop. Half the world burns in never-ending sunlight, whilst the other freezes under the cover of darkness. A thin slither of the globe that exists in permanent twilight has managed to survive. Within this small area lies Britain; under Prime Minister Davenport it is a country that has done monstrous things to preserve its resources, block its borders, and continue in some semblance of normalcy.
The sea has encroached far into the United States, leaving pockets of people fighting for survival along the newly defined coastline. Mir lives with her parents and her baby brother, but something’s not quite right with her new sibling. Meanwhile, sightings of strange sea creatures on land have the coastal folk worried, almost driving a local school teacher to suicide. Jersey, Mir’s best friend urges her to join him in seeking a better life inland, but there’s no guarantee that things get better away from the ever-invading ocean.
The Strange Bird sees Jeff VanderMeer return to the world that spawned Borne, crafting a novella from the point of view of a piece of Company biotech. The story follows its eponymous bird, who escapes from the laboratory in which she was built. Once in the outside world, she cannot connect with other wildlife and struggles to know which humans she can trust in a landscape destroyed by technology and the people that created it.
In a future ravaged by biotechnology, Rachel scavenges to survive, even raking the fur of the giant bear, Mord, that wreaks havoc in her ruined city. It’s amongst Mord’s stinking pelt that she discovers Borne, a small sea-anenome-like creature that soon grows to be much more than he seems.
When college students in the small, quiet Californian town suddenly begin falling asleep and inexplicably not waking up, the lives of several town residents begin to collide and panic takes hold across the nation.
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy.
The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity’s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet. People brought their old prejudices with them – and their desires and fantasies, tainted dreams. These were soon inhabited by the strange native beings, with their caged flowers and birds of flame.