The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, a man-made virus taking over bodies and minds, filling them with one, unstoppable command...
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.
It raised the dead.
Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.
Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:
When will you rise?
When Senator Peter Ryman of Wisconsin decides to take a team of bloggers along on his run for the White House, Georgia and Shaun Mason are quick to submit their application. They, along with their friend Georgette "Buffy" M. are selected, and view this as the chance to launch their careers to a whole new level...that is, if they can survive the campaign trail.
Called "a soul-shredding examination of what's true and what's reported" by Publisher's Weekly, and selected as one of IO9's top ten summer apocalypse reads, Feed follows the Masons and their crew into a world filled with the living dead—and the much more dangerous living.
Feed was released in North America by Orbit May 1st, 2010, and in the United Kingdom by Orbit UK on June 5th, 2010. For more information, see the book's landing page.
In the aftermath of the Ryman campaign for the presidency, the members of the After the End Times staff are reeling...none more than Shaun Mason, who can't figure out what he's supposed to be doing with his life now that he's found himself unexpectedly in charge. The arrival of Dr. Kelly Connolly from the CDC provides a new direction, and a possible new route into the conspiracy that caused so much damage just a year before.
Deadline was released in North America by Orbit May 31st, 2011, and in the United Kingdom by Orbit UK on the same day. More information to come.
Blackout will be released in the US/UK in May 2012. More information to come.
Countdown is a novella set in the Newsflesh universe, prior to the Rising, and was released electronically by the Orbit Short Fiction Program in August 2011. More information to come.
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