Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2013 – John O’Brien
Hello there. My name is John O’Brien and I’m the author of the series, A New World. I released the seventh book, “A New World: Takedown”, a short time ago and am starting on the eight book tentatively titled “A New World: Conspiracy”.
I was reading an interesting article on the new coronavirus that is starting to make its rounds. Well, interesting is relative. I’m sure it’s not “interesting” to those that have had it or their families. So far, only twenty four known cases but it has a fifty percent fatality rate. And, it’s not known where it resides or how it is communicated. The one thing that is known, is that it can be transmitted between humans. The WHO has dubbed this the MERS-CoV, or, the Middle East Respiratory Virus – Coronavirus.
So far, no known cases in the U.S. but with troops returning from the Arabian Peninsula, who knows. And the WHO says it’s just a matter of time before cases start hitting within the country. It may or may not reach pandemic proportions but the potential exists with this one.
You might ask how this relates to anything zombie. Well, earlier this year, scientists created a silicone-based cell which creates a near perfect replica of living cells. It uses the dead cells to replicate itself. It creates a coating which enables the cell beneath, now both dead and living to an extent, to withstand high and lower temperatures and absorb more damage – the silicone coating repairs itself by replication.
Now, should that escape the laboratory in some fashion, and coupled with a deadly virus which could reach pandemic levels, and we have our zombie apocalypse. The virus could devastate the world’s population beyond any measure of repair to services and the like which will severely handicap any response we might have to such a leak.
Half of the world dead and walking with more incapacitated. Plus, the silicone virus replicates itself so any further dead will reanimate. Now all that’s lacking is the silicone’s desire to replicate. Who is to say it won’t develop that as many viruses and such strive to do. Perhaps a little outlandish but not beyond impossible.
Thank you for having me.
John O’Brien Biography
John O’Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, John became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry starting two large casinos in Washington as the Information Technology Manager and becoming the Network Manager for the Washington State Legislature, the Northwest Information Technology Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Network Systems Manager for Hollywood Video.
Currently, John is writing full-time on the series, A New World. As a former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the Capital Forest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.
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