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Life is stranger than fiction, yes?
Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: The Hades Factor, by Robert Ludlum, by George Guidall
Current Location: Work, with headphones.
Why is it that thriller/conspiracy writers seem to think that large scale conspiracies involving biological warfare are feasible?

Are they really that paranoid that everyone is out to get them? But I really suppose the question is...are the people that read it, buying it?

My problem is this: I can buy large scale conspiracies at directed targets. I can't buy it at undirected ones, especially involving the vagrancies of biology. I can beleive biological warfare as an uncontrolled strike though, don't get me wrong. That's not a conspiracy, that's an act of war.

This has to be the..3rd?..book I've listened to that has this basic plot: Man invents virus, virus kills people, man becomes powerful.

This one is worse than the other two (one was worse in the details, but the originating plot was believeable enough: Enviromentalists get sick of 'humanity' so want to cull the 'herd') in that many people in the US Goverment are involved, from various different factions, an entire company + board of directors is on board...but apparently all these people are okay with killing millions of people all over the globe in a direct attempt to make money. And all of these people are trustworthy enough to keep a secret like this for the ten years it took to develop the virus...

I enjoy the the genre, even with its predictability but honestly. Ah well, back to seeing what happens next to the intrepid hero.
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brianamj From: brianamj Date: January 2nd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still like The Stand's version of biological warfare. Oopsie happens, many people die, especially the ones who created it.
daimones From: daimones Date: January 3rd, 2007 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't think I've read that one...

Tho I've read a few post apocalyptic tales that probably started out the same way. And watched a couple too...
brianamj From: brianamj Date: January 4th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Stephen King. It's one of his longer books, and one of the few I can read without getting depressed. I recommend the unabridged/author's edit. The imagery is fairly vivid, and the characters quite interesting. They made a miniseries out of it, which is quite faithful to the book, but being only 8 hours, leaves quite a bit out.
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