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Lessons in Birdwatching


A sci-fi epic set on a planet suffering from a time-distortion plague plunged into civil war after a brutal murder.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Timing is all | Amateur heroics | Body of God | Birdsong ]


During their temporary research post on Apech‚ÄĒa planet ravaged by a time distorting illness‚ÄĒWilhelmina Ming and four other elite students of the Crysthian empire have witnessed such illogical brutality that they‚Äôve resorted to psychedelic antidepressants and group sex to take the edge off. After a night of indulgence following a gruesome execution, they wake to find an oblique warning in the form of an impaled corpse dangling from the exterior of their residence.

When their subsequent investigation uncovers a web of collusion and conspiracy in the ranks of their own diplomatic corps, the envoys find themselves caught in the middle of a bloody civil war. As bodies pile up above ground, a deranged fanatic stokes an existential threat below, coaxing the embers of a forgotten god, and its temporal virus, to life.