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Plight Of The Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World - and Ourselves
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Matt Simon
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Plight Of The Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World - and Ourselves

Matt Simon



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Zombieism isn't just the stuff of movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead. It's real, and it's happening in the world around us, from wasps and worms to dogs and moose-and even humans.

In Plight of the Living Dead, science journalist Matt Simon documents his journey through the bizarre evolutionary history of mind control. Along the way, he visits a lab where scientists infect ants with zombifying fungi, joins the search for kamikaze crickets in the hills of New Mexico, and travels to Israel to meet the wasp that stings cockroaches in the brain before leading them to their doom.

Nothing Hollywood dreams up can match the brilliant, horrific zombies that natural selection has produced time and time again. Plight of the Living Dead is a surreal dive into a world that would be totally unbelievable if very smart scientists didn't happen to be proving it's real, and most troublingly-or maybe intriguingly-of all- how even we humans are affected.

By:   Matt Simon
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780143131410
ISBN 10:   0143131419
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matt Simon is a science writer at Wired magazine, where he specializes in zoology, particularly of the bizarre variety, and the author of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar. He is one of just a handful of humans to witness the fabled mating ritual of the axolotl salamander. He lives in San Francisco.

Praise for Plight of the Living Dead Surprisingly lively and lighthearted . . . Simon's fascination is contagious. . . . [His] work is easily the most fun one could ever expect to have reading about the mind-controlling insects, insidious fungi, and parasites living alongside humanity. --Publishers Weekly An extensively documented, easily digestible, occasionally irreverent, and always engaging look at parasitical zombifiers. --Booklist This book is fantastic! The sci-fi stories you've read barely hold a candle to the gruesome ways in which parasites manipulate their hosts in real life. This book will make your skin crawl with some of the best examples of manipulation we've encountered, fascinate you with what we know about how parasites achieve these amazing feats of control, and leave you wondering what this all means for the nature of free will. You'll be thinking about this book long after you're done reading it. --Kelly Weinersmith, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything Matt Simon is, to borrow his term, a zombifier: Plight of the Living Dead will infect your brain, forcing you to spout a stream of bizarre facts--about fat-sucking worms, muscle-eating fungi, brain-stabbing wasps--until your friends buy the book for themselves, and the chain of infection continues. --Mark Essig, author of Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig A gruesome, fascinating, and somehow hilarious exploration of the most devious, mind-altering tactics of the bug wars. I found myself cringing, laughing, learning, but most of all thankful I'm not an ant. --Cody Cassidy, author of And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara Praise for The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar Winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award A veritable parade of eccentric animal profiles that make you laugh so hard you won't even realize you're learning a thing or two about niche distribution and adaptive camouflage. --Wired ( Required Science Reading from 2016 ) A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better. --Entertainment Weekly A quick, fun read that's . . . heavy on snark. . . . The book is packed full of fascinating facts that will both impress and creep out. --Science News An entertaining look at evolution's frightening billion-year arms race. . . . Simon's wit, combined with the genuine eccentricity of his subjects, make this a fun and accessible book. --Publishers Weekly

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