At the end of days stands Kray, a coastal city surrounded by and then invaded by rampant vegetation, where the last humans on Earth struggle to survive in the face of nature striking back.
Stephen Palmer first took us to Kray in his novels Memory Seed and Glass (both from Orbit), introducing us to the mesmerising world of humanity’s twilight years, where AI has run its course, rampant mutated vegetation has reclaimed the globe, and humanity has turned inwards.
A long standing fan of Kray, in 2018 I asked the author whether he had ever considered revisiting the wistful, doomed city. The result was two brand new tales, centring, as does this whole collection, on the Spired Inn, an establishment that sits at the heart of the city and provides a focal point for Kray’s fractured populace.
Welcome to humanity’s final days…
Introduction by Stephen Palmer
Dr Vanchovy’s Final Case
Funeral for a Pyuter
The Green Realm Below
About the Author
"This is an Earth where people are killed by bladder blade plants, falling cushions of fungus, and cats with silicon implants in their claws... a book that thoroughly entertains while making serious points about the environment and our relationship with it. Packed with big ideas, this is pretty much the ideal small press science fiction title." - Interzone
Available as an A5 paperback and a limited edition hardback signed by the author.