It’s 2083. A woman wakes to a warning of unknown pollutants, finding alien visitors who have come to sweep humans away from Earth to save them from their ecologically-ravaged planet, by choice or by force. It’s up to one woman to create understanding within and outside of her species. And in the ocean depths, an intelligent life form known as the yc exist, a species fractured from a single group into seven distinct tribes. What happens when a tribe stumbles upon a sunken corpse?

Two science fiction novels, A Half Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys and Underjungle by James Sturz, create imaginative worlds to probe the state of humanity with fascinating questions.

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