I thought I had reasonably well summarised the threat of old contagions coming back to bite us on the arse, possibly literally. It seems that with the latest discoveries I have significantly underplayed my hand here.
It seems that Global Warming (sorry folks) – caused by mankind, butterflies, or Colonel Bogey – has a trick up its sleeve that scientists didn’t predict. It appears that as the ice retreats from one region previously frozen for very long periods of time, it uncovers ancient death. We are receiving reports of uncovered Smallpox in Siberia, ancient viruses and bacterium in the Arctic. What next? Strangely, considering the potential risks, they are even boring for it into ancient water under the ice caps. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.
Amid reports of antibiotics becoming increasingly useless, where does this new potential enemy leave us? Up the Swanny it seems. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before we are overcome as a species, leaving an unlucky/lucky few to eke out a living as best we/they can. Will you be a part of that, or as statistical averages suggest, will you be part of the rotting past? Much as I love the Zombie genre, I hope against all hope that somehow the human race muddles through and that zombies remain in books and on screens.
Until then, check out my efforts to describe the future in the books below. I am nearly finished the sequel to ‘Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle’. It should be available in a month or so and describes the continuance of the ‘infection’ as it reaches out and strikes New York and crawls across the USA.
Zombie books by David K Roberts:
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle – Cabin Fever (Sequel)
The news article that influenced this blog: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2551664/Will-climate-change-bring-SMALLPOX-Siberian-corpses-ooze-contagious-virus-graveyards-thaw-claim-scientists.html