In the distant dystopian irradiated future of Cradle and Grave, Dar Lien is a professional scout for scavenger runs into the Scab, a ruined urban-zone badly infected by heavily mutagenic phenomena called the Change. When Yusuf and the mysterious Servertu employ her for an unorthodox run into the Scab, she finds herself embroiled in a conflict she didn’t expect.
Born in Singapore, Anya Ow moved to Melbourne to practice law, and now works in advertising. Her short stories have appeared in venues such as Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Daily SF. She can be found on twitter @anyasy and otherwise atwww.anyasy.com.
“Anya Ow gives us a hallucinatory fever dream that entices the reader to puzzle out its many alien facets and a setting grounded firmly in deep characters and lived-in world building. Cradle and Grave is a tour de force of astounding body horror and a heartbreaking transhuman narrative. It is simply perfect.”
—Jordan Shiveley, Dread Singles
“Anya Ow’s Cradle and Grave is a taunt, stunningly imaginative addition to post-apocalyptic literature. I was hooked from page one by Lien and a world that walks the fine line between body horror and biopunk with ease. Ow has an incredible talent for descriptions that draw an entire picture in just a few words, be it of the monsters that hunt the protagonists on their journey or a tender relationship.”
—Lina Rather, author of Sisters of the Vast Black
“Get in, losers, we’re going to the Scab! The imaginative, climate-devastated world of Cradle and Grave drives you forward on a Fury Road cutting through Annihilation’s Area X.”
—Kellan Szpara, author of Docile