Zombies of the Gene Pool

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In the 1950s, a group of young science fiction writers, dreaming of literary immortality and calling themselves the Lanthanides, buried a time capsule with their stories and relics from the time. Now, in the 1990s, when several of them have become famous, the surviving Lanthanides are getting together at a special convention to dig up the capsule and open it. But the convention is startled by the appearance of a writer who was supposed to have died thirty years ago. Then murder materializes to throw the agenda ...

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Overview

In the 1950s, a group of young science fiction writers, dreaming of literary immortality and calling themselves the Lanthanides, buried a time capsule with their stories and relics from the time. Now, in the 1990s, when several of them have become famous, the surviving Lanthanides are getting together at a special convention to dig up the capsule and open it. But the convention is startled by the appearance of a writer who was supposed to have died thirty years ago. Then murder materializes to throw the agenda further into chaos. Now, Jay Omega, author of Bimbos of the Death Sun, and his significant other, Dr. Marion Farley, must separate science fact from fiction — and unearth a killer with a story of his own to tell.

"A delightful sequel to Bimbos of the Death Sun" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine) by the Edgar Award-winning author of the beloved Elizabeth MacPherson mysteries. When murder strikes at the reunion of a SF fan club, it falls to writer Jay Omega to turn sleuth--and separate science fiction from fact to catch the killer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Continuing the delightful adventures begun in Bimbos of the Death Sun , engineering professor and famed science fiction author Jay Omega and his significant other, Marion Farley, a professor of SF, investigate the murder of another science fiction writer. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The world of science fiction fandom forms the background for this second outing featuring engineering professor/sf writer Jay Omega and his English professor ladyfriend Marion Farley. Invited by a colleague to an exclusive reunion of a once-famous clique of sf writers known as the Lanthanides, Jay and Marion uncover a bizarre mystery surrounding a 30-year-old time capsule and a twice-dead reunion crasher. The author of Bimbos of the Death Sun (TSR, 1987) pays affectionate tribute to the sf fannish phenomenon while unraveling a mystery whose roots lie in the halcyon days of science fiction. Highly recommended for both sf and mystery collections.-- Jackie Cassada, Asheville-Buncombe Lib. System, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345379146
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Jay Omega Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,261,707
  • Product dimensions: 4.13 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharyn McCrumb
Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb is the author of The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills and many other acclaimed novels. Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She was named a “Virginia Woman of History” for Achievement in Literature in 2008. She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge, less than a hundred miles from where her family settled in 1790 in the Smoky Mountains that divide North Carolina and Tennessee.

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