It began soon after the Millennium. Reports of newborns with strange malformations, too weak to live…caused by a single genetic mutation. Or, as the press quickly dubbed it, the Dragon Virus. Scientists predicted that it was an evolutionary dead end; that the mutation would burn itself out quickly; that it was nothing to be worried about.
They were wrong.
Every racial type. Almost every continent. No known cause. Human-created, maybe. Or just God, throwing the dice. Infecting us, warping us. Tied into our genetic code, from here on in. No known treatment. No idea where even to begin.
Everything was about to change.
Six connected stories, charting the end - beginning - of everything we know, everything we fear, everything we hope for….
With an Introduction by Walter Jon Williams
Scientists said it would burn itself out, a tragic genetic mutation leading to weak, malformed newborns and visions of The Rapture. But the virus goes on and on and across the globe as generational changes in DNA breed a soft apocalypse. Sadness, regret, and confusion infect every tone of the performance of these six intriguing stories set soon and through the end of the century. Ordinary people are trapped by extraordinary biological forces in a social and environmental collapse, all combining in an engaging, if unsettling, eulogy for humanity.
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