January 20th, 1969AD
The modern infestation begins with the appearance of the first stranger
(phlegmatic and contemptuous) in over 600 years, followed in an instant by the sanguine second
February 11th, 1969AD
With its mouth already frothing, the choleric third
February 19th, 1969AD
The melancholic fourth
strain makes its pitiful introduction, completing the set of four humors.
Over the decades that follow, the strangers grow at a barely imperceptible, but inevitable rate.
Desperate scatterings of strangers in larger cities. Very little stranger diversity, and only a limited number of sub-strains.
March 21st, 1971AD En route to a drug deal, the sensitive, Shylo Jacobs, encounters a group of lindroni in an underpass tunnel.
August 9th, 1974AD
The fifty-second strain
of strangers appears on the edges of the capital. The start of their crazed voyage thus completes the Primer
set, setting the stage for the narrative to come.
June 30th, 1975AD Atop the Jaundice Press building, Shylo drives what will later be seen as a primitive callyphanx into a condroni's head.
Increasing number and variety of strangers. A spread to smaller cities, and cracks in society that widen inch by inch.
May 13th, 2008AD Materials related to the Strangers project are shared online for the first time.
February 2nd, 2009AD An early iteration of the Goodbye Strangers website launches. During its first year, it receives no more than fifteen hits per day.
January 1st, 2016AD
Following years of obscurity, false starts, and hiatuses, the Goodbye Strangers
website settles into what will become its final framework as the Primer
module is released.
High diversification with larger numbers of sub-strains, with varying degrees of stability. All large cities, and most mid-sized population centers now infected. Unrest or outright apathy within the largest metropoles.
July 2nd, 2021AD And now, we meet the Partisans. On this sweltering day, the notorious and leaderless group of writers and other creatives ratify their manifesto and put their grand goals into play. These first thirteen members (whose constituents include Jealous Fontaine, Alex Muto, and Boiko Cross) meet in what is their largest, and only face-to-face meeting, in a nondescript library just outside of New York City.
October 6th, 2023AD Alex Muto's first Partisan-era novel, The Inaugural Collapse is published, and receives near-universal acclaim.
As authors named within the website publish further works, so too does a fraction of the Goodbye Strangers fandom grow more and more convinced of the stranger's actual presence in reality, and hours are spent analyzing seemingly unrelated chapters, paragraphs, and even single words.
Semptember 18th, 2031AD While she attends a reception for her recently published collection of essays, columnist Chihun Maeng's home is burglarized, with references to the "Partisan" conspiracy left spraypainted on the walls.
September 25th, 2031AD Another supposed "Partisan", Boiko Cross is physically assaulted by a militant member of the Strangers fandom, pushing the authors associated with the Partisan conspiracy into further isolation.
April 2nd, 2032AD The disease known as "blotchman's plague" sweeps through the larger cities. With the world governments acting quickly (if ineptly), the key details are covered up.
December 12th, 2033AD The crowds outside the housing blocks are desperate for a martyr, Alex Muto is dragged into the streets and publicly assassinated. His dying words (hoarse and blood-shrilled) fall on the gristle-hungry mob's dead ears.
Oh, no . We'll do whatever we want to you .
You can't do this to me! This isn't real, none of this is real!
August 28th, 2033AD The hospitals run out of supplies, and those sick and dying masses who still wait untreated in the lots outside are loaded into buses, and detained inside the now-operational mattress camps.
In the strangers, a height of population and diversity. In society, a degradation of infrastructure and morality that can no longer be ignored. Nearly all cities affected.
March 32nd, 2034AD The cloud hangs heavy over the city.
March 33rd, 2034AD The levees break, and the Primary, in all its pageantry, is swept up in the flood and is lost beneath its red.
James Killjoy watches from up high in his Tin Utopia, left hand still holding (what is now) the only remaining copy of The Fearful Frontier.