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How to Make a Zombie

The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control

By Frank Swain

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2013
Join a notorious pop science punk as he investigates real zombie reports from around the world. It's terrifying! The search for the means to control the bodies and minds of our fellow humans has been underway for millennia, from the sleep-inducing honeycombs that felled Pompey's army to the Voodoo potions of Haiti. Now, Frank Swain, the force behind Science Punk, has joined the quest, digging up genuine zombie research: * dog heads brought back to life without their bodies * secret agents dosing targets with zombie drugs * parasites that push their hosts to suicide or sex changes * the elixir of life hidden in an eighteenth-century painting This mind-bending and entertaining excavation of incredible science is unlike anything you've read before.

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"Frank Swain's gripping book reads like a non-fiction version of a Stephen King novel - you'll stay up all night reading it with goose bumps and the lights on." Michael Shermer - New York Times bestselling author of The Believing Brain and columnist, Scientific "From attempts to reanimate animals from death to mind control experiments and brain-hacking parasites, this delightfully macabre book explores the reality of zombie mythology. Science punk Frank Swain has pulled off a masterful feat in this broad-ranging and fascinating book. Braiiiins!" Lewis Dartnell "Swain serves up a ghoulish treat - the real-life zombies of science and nature! Packed full of bizarre research and jaw-dropping tales, his book succeeds in being simultaneously entertaining, informative, and slightly unnerving, since it turns out that the zombies are, quite likely, you and I." Alex Boese - bestselling author of Elephants on Acid and Electric Sheep

About the Author

Frank Swain is the founder of SciencePunk, the popular SEED ScienceBlogs site devoted to the weird and wonderful fringes of science. A frequent writer for Wired and the Guardian, he has a history of climbing buildings, managing burlesque shows, and generally being a force for good - and the scientific method. He lives in London, and this is his first book.

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"Swain serves up a ghoulish treat - the real-life zombies of science and nature! Packed full of bizarre research and jaw-dropping tales, his book succeeds in being simultaneously entertaining, informative, and slightly unnerving, since it turns out that the zombies are, quite likely, you and I." Alex Boese, bestselling author of Elephants on Acid and Electric Sheep "Frank Swain's gripping book reads like a non-fiction version of a Stephen King novel - you'll stay up all night reading it with goose bumps and the lights on." Michael Shermer, New York Times bestselling author of The Believing Brain and columnist, Scientific American "From attempts to reanimate animals from death to mind control experiments and brain-hacking parasites, this delightfully macabre book explores the reality of zombie mythology. Science punk Frank Swain has pulled off a masterful feat in this broad-ranging and fascinating book. Braiiiins!" Lewis Dartnell, Research Fellow, University of Leicester, and author of Life in the Universe

Swain (founder, SciencePunk blog) reviews the science behind historical attempts at creating zombies, i.e., reanimated persons and other animals, as well as such variants on the theme as mind control of people. From reviewing 19th-century stories of zombies in the Caribbean to 20th-century experiments at resuscitation of humans and dogs, Swain looks at our fascination with seeking to bring the dead to life. He also examines various forms of mind control from mind-dulling drugs and hypnotism to the evolution of what we now call lobotomies. He points out actual creatures capable of inducing zombielike effects on their prey, including parasitic wasps and rabid animals. VERDICT Owing to the seemingly ever-increasing interest in the zombie as a creature of popular culture, Swain's accessible book will appeal to a wide audience. However, it does not present the foundations of science behind these subjects, except occasionally, making this more of a general-interest work than a history of science. Some readers may find sections, such as on the reanimation of dog heads, disturbing. Recommended for general readers interested in fringe science and the notion of zombies.-Eric D. Albright, Tufts Univ. Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9781851689446
ISBN: 1851689443
Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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