Sunday, September 25, 2011

final days of wonder

Is it wrong to be in awe, to have a secret admiration for a microscopic being, so warlike, so bent on world domination?

Given the opportunity, I'm not so sure I wouldn't be jumping ship, as they jump species, pledging my allegiance to the conqueror. Not so much to save my own skin, but in true admiration of a superior entity.

Ebola. The thrill of fear is matched by fascination. Clever and relentless, a unified drive hiding within strands and loops. Microbreaks. Hot zones. Every opportunity will be snatched.

I wonder about the secret lives of lethal viruses. How do they imagine the world, once they have conquered every host?

8 comments:

leazwell said...

Strange you should post this. I have been thinking of posting about "yellow jack" today, recalling from reading I had done two decades ago how its most toxic symptoms are similar to ebola.

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OFKAR said...

Did Steven Soderbergh pay you for this post?

Allison said...

I'm not sure I'm ready to read Hot Zone after Contagion.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Call me creepy, Leazwell, but I find hemorrhagic diseases to be endlessly fascinating. I would definitely read your yellow jack post!

No, OFKAR, but Richard Preston (The Hot Zone) should hire me as a publicist.

I would take a break from the communicable tales for a while, Al. After all, there are still doorknobs to open...

leazwell said...

Barbara, what's wrong with us? ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Leazwell, we both have a very healthy scientific curiosity. Nothing wrong with that!

~Jen~ said...

I just saw CONTAGION recently...eek!