Zombies of the World: A Field Guide to the Undead

Zombies of the World: A Field Guide to the Undead

by Ross Payton

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Zombies have plagued humanity's nightmares for centuries, but fortunately, the scientific community has created this detailed and completely serious guide to the undead. Only Zombies of the World tackles this issue and many more, so you might want to read up before a zombie tackles you!

Zombies menace humanity, yet we barely understand them. There are books that show you how to kill the undead, but this is the first field guide to explain the importance of zombies to us. Zombies of the World reveals the undead to be a valuable part of our ecosystem and the key to new discoveries in medicine and technology.

Zombies of the World uses captivating illustrations to document how evolution has led to a wide variety of species. Few outside the scientific community even realize that creatures like the Egyptian Mummy (Mortifera mumia aegyptus) are actually zombies. Some species are even harmless to humans. The Dancing Zombie (Mortifera immortalis choreographicus) only seeks to thrill humans with elaborate dance routines. Discover how our history has been affected by the undead and what we can learn from “scientific” research. The answer might surprise you!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524864620
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 57 MB
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About the Author

Ross Payton is an award-winning writer and podcaster. He created Base Raiders, a superhero RPG about exploring abandoned superhero lairs and has written for Eclipse Phase, Red Markets, and many other tabletop games. His podcasts, Role Play Radio, The Mixed Six, and Night Clerk Radio, are available on all podcasting apps. Ross lives in Springfield, Missouri, a relatively zombie-free area with his wife, Maddy. He is @rosspayton on Twitter.

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Mystery of the Zombie: The greatest mystery of the zombie is how it remains active without digesting food. Even when one eats the flesh of the living, the meat rots in its belly. Furthermore, many species, like the Egyptian mummy, never eat at all. Scientists have this dubbed this unknown source of energy powering the undead as the Omega Anima. Scientists have tried to understand this mystery but have so far only identified the basic traits of all zombie species and its basic evolutionary and migratory history.

Zombie Species: 20 prominent species of zombie are described and illustrated. Their habits, method of reproduction and range are listed. The species range from the common gray shambler to exotic species such as the revenant and draugr.

Surviving Zombie Attacks: The most dangerous threat you face in a zombie-related crisis is not from the undead but from other humans. By learning how to identify untrustworthy humans, you can maximize your chances of survival.

A Social History of the Zombie: Humanity has had several views of the zombie over the ages. In ancient times, the zombie was viewed as a supernatural being, an agent of divine vengeance. In the Enlightenment, they were a public health hazard to be exterminated. Only in the last century have scientists realized that the zombie is a natural part of the ecosystem that must be protected and studied.

The Science of Zombies: Researchers work to uncover the secrets of zombies. Linguists teach Egyptian mummies sign language to learn what they believe. Engineers develop ways to harness the Omega Anima in order to generate clean energy from zombies. Doctors think they can also use the Omega Anima to discover a way to make humans immortal.

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