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I’m going to be giving a talk at the sure-to-be-amazing Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting. The meeting celebrates all things zombie-related, and includes 2 public lectures: one by Max Brooks (which focuses more on the fiction side of zombie stuff) and one by me, focusing on parasite manipulation of host behavior (the fact side of zombie stuff).

This invitation got me thinking about how unfamiliar I am with sci fi treatments of parasite-induced changes in human behavior. I started reading Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters, and then asked Twitter to suggest parasite-related literature for me to check out. I was deluged by suggestions for movies, TV series, books, and video games, and decided to collate a list of suggestions to share with everyone.

I’ll be working my way through this list, and hope it proves useful for anyone else interested in this topic. Please note that inclusion in the list does not necessarily mean I recommend the book/movie/show/game, nor can I confirm at this point that they really even belong on the list. I included almost anything that was suggested, and will prune the list accordingly as I work through it. Enjoy!

(Also, Matt Zefferman pointed me to this post in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.)

*indicates that the media is zombie-themed in particular (I’m sure many in the list are zombie themed and lack the * as I haven’t gotten to them yet to confirm)

Books (Author: Book)

Aldiss, Brian: Hothouse

Applegate, K.A.: Animorphs series

Asimov, Isaac: Does a Bee Care

Bear, Greg: Blood Music

Brin, David: The Giving Plague

*Brooks, Max: World War Z & The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Butler, Octavia: Bloodchild

Carey, Mike: The Girl With All the Gifts

Chalker, Jack: The Four Lords of the Diamond series

Clement, Hal: Needle

Corey, James S.A.: The Expanse series

Cutter, Nick: The Troop

Dee, Roger: Unwelcome Tenant

Dick, Philip K: VALIS

Douglas, L. Warren: Cannon’s Orb

Grant, Mira: Parasite

Heinlein, Robert: The Puppet Masters

Herbert, Brian & Anderson, Kevin: The Hellhole Trilogy

Herbert, Frank: Santaroga Barrier

King, Stephen: Dreamcatcher

Lumley, Brian: Necroscope series

Iwaaki, Hitoshi: Kiseiju (Parasyte)

Martin, George R.R.: A Song for Lya, Sandkings, Tuf Voyaging, Song for Ice and Fire (I haven’t read these yet or seen the TV Series, but Helen Keen tackled parasite manipulation themes in Game of Thrones in a book called The Science of Game of Thrones, for which she interviewed me about parasite manipulation)

Meyer, Stephanie: The Host

Preuss, Paul: Human Error

Rucker, Rudy: The Ware Tetralogy

Slonczewski, Joan: Brain Plague

Sigler, Scott: Infected

Simmons, Dan: The Hyperion series

Stross, Charlie: Laundry Files (specifically the The Apocalypse Codex)

Tepper, Sherri: Grass

Vance, Jack: Brains of Earth

Vonnegut, Kurt: Sirens of Titan

Watts, Peter: Echopraxia

Wilson, Colin:The Mind Parasites & The Space Vampires

Westerfield, Scott: Peeps (and the sequel, Last Days)

White, James: Star Surgeon

Movies & TV shows

*28 Days Later

*28 Weeks Later

Alien

Babylon 5

Braindead

Brain Damage

Dreamcatcher

Futurama (episode: Raging Bender)

*In the Flesh

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Kiseiju (Parasyte)

Legion

Life Force

Night of the Creeps

*Night of the Living Dead

*Shaun of the Dead

Stargate

Star Trek: The Next Generation (episode: Conspiracy)

The Bay

The Expanse

The Faculty

The Girl with All the Gifts

The Hidden

The Puppet Masters

The Thing

*The Walking Dead

*Train to Busan

Twin Peaks

*World War Z

X-Files (episode: Ice)

*Zombieland

Video Games

Dying Light

Left 4 Dead

Halo

Inside

Limbo

Resident Evil 4

The Last of Us

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