Friday, June 6, 2014

Eleven scary fictional diseases

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Joel Cunningham tagged fictional maladies that will keep you up at night, including:
Mass infertility (Children of Men, by P.D. James)

Imagine throwing a big party in a house set to be demolished. Anything goes, right, because it’s not like you or anyone else is going to be accountable for the cleanup? Now imagine a global party, and no one is worried about cleanup because there will never be another baby born. That is probably not a party you’d want to attend. Activities to include: mass riots, raping and pillaging, and existential angst.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Children of Men is on John Mullan's list of the ten most notable New Years in literature, Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders's list of the twelve most unfaithful movie versions of science fiction and fantasy books, Ben H. Winters' list of three books to read before the end of the world, and John Sutherland's list of the five best books about the end of England.

--Marshal Zeringue