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Nothing O'Clock: 03/14/20
Nothing O'Clock by Neil Gaiman is the eleventh book in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary e-shorts. The Doctor and Amy return home from an adventure only to find all of humankind missing.
Back in the 1985, people in masks are buying up all the real estate for 2020 prices. They're buying at such a rate that there's no where to move. Even rental properties are being purchased and the residents evicted.
The people doing the purchasing end up being the Kin, a single entity spread throughout all of time. The masks are part of how they can exist in multiple times, multiple places.
How the Kin work and the way they change the environment around themselves reminds me of the Woman in White in The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (2020). But this is a more simplistic, pared down version of the mushroom as single organism, multiple threat antagonist.