Archive for October, 2014

Interview with The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

Friday, October 31st, 2014

I gave an interview for the Successful Dyslexics series at The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.  Read the full post here.

Is Ebola the real ‘World War Z?’ (Spoiler alert: It’s not)

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

In 2006, I released a novel about a global zombie plague that drives humanity to the brink of extinction. While the zombies may have been fake, I tried to anchor the human response (political-military-economic-cultural) in reality. I studied the history of pandemics, natural disasters and industrialized warfare. I interviewed doctors, soldiers, journalists and someone who “has never gotten a check from the CIA” in an attempt to illustrate the fragile global systems that shield our species from the abyss. As a result, I’ve been repeatedly asked if the current outbreak of Ebola is the real-life incarnation of my novel. As much as any author would love to crow about how “I predicted this!”, this time, I’m happy to say, my fictional plague could not be more different from the truth.