How to Make a Zombie
The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control
By Frank Swain
(Oneworld Publications, Paperback, 9781851689446, 256pp.)
Publication Date: December 2012
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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 famous voodoo potions of Haiti. But recently, science has taken up the quest. Science punk Frank Swain digs into the reality of zombies: 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; bulls and rats commanded by remote control; city streets designed to quell violent thoughts; interrogation techniques used by the military; and viruses that take over the body and won’t let go. Packed with untold stories moldering in the corners of archives and labs, How to Make a Zombie is a mind-bending, entertaining excavation of incredible science.
Frank Swain is the founder of SciencePunk, the popular SEED ScienceBlogs website devoted to the fringes of science. A regular contributor to publications such as Wired and the Guardian, he has a history of climbing buildings, managing burlesque shows, and generally being a force for goodand the scientific method.