David Lubar has spent many years designing and programming games for various companies. His games include Home Alone for the GameBoy, and Fantastic Voyage and River Raid II for the Atari 2600. He worked as a translator on one version of Carmen Sandiego, two versions of Shanghai, and two versions of Ultima. He designed Frogger 2 for the GameBoy and programmed the GameBoy versions of Frogger and Super Breakout.
He is also the author of two novels about Nathan Abercrombie: Accidental Zombie, an unsassuming fifth grader who becomes a zombie, an by extension, cool.
John Ottinger: How would you define zombie fiction?
David Lubar: Having barely squeezed into the category with a half-dead fifth-grade main character, I guess I’d better take a liberal approach and claim that zombie fiction involves anyone who isn’t breathing. I realize that’s far too broad a category and will send the purists out in search of torches, tar, and feathers. Generally, the current idea of zombies is mindless, flesh munching, walking corpses. But a mindless corpse makes a rotten narrator, so I had to take lots of liberties. I apologize to anyone who feels I’ve sullied an honorable monster.
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The (Continuing) Appeal of Inked Heroines in Paranormal Fantasy
Earlier this year, I posted a blog over at Unabashedly Bookish about the proliferation of tattooed heroines in paranormal fantasy that stirred up quite a few fascinating comments – some thought the tattooed cover girl was clichéd while others were attracted to the mysterious, dangerous, sexy character…
I had a few free moments over the weekend – a brief respite of tranquility away from having my two young daughters treat me like a draft animal – so I browsed through some publishers’ winter catalogues to see what paranormal fantasy releases would be hitting the shelves later this year and in early 2011. I was psyched to see River Marked by Patricia Briggs (the sixth Mercy Thompson novel) scheduled to drop on January 25th, as well as Nicole Peeler’s Tempest’s Legacy (January 3) and Adrian Phoenix’s latest The Maker’s Song installment, Etched in Bone (February 22), but I was shocked at how many new releases are featuring cover art that is—still —essentially a variation of the same theme: tattooed heroine wielding a weapon.
Tattoos have been around, it seems, since the dawn of humankind. In an interview with Smithsonian.com in 2007, Joann Fletcher—research fellow in the department of archaeology at the University of York in Britain—stated that the earliest known examples of tattoos “were for a long time Egyptian and were present on several female mummies dated to c. 2000 B.C.
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Gail Carriger’s British Debut
We are hereby exceptionally proud to announce that Gail Carriger’s exquisitely charming Parasol Protectorate series has finally found its way to the seat of the empire – the green and pleasant lands of the British Isles. Delivered via dirigible direct into Hyde Park’s airfield, all three titles have arrived just in time to stem the Commonwealth’s desperate need for treacle tart, parasols and lessons in vampire social etiquette.
If you perchance found yourself at Britain’s most glorious festival of steampunk this weekend – the so-called Weekend at the Asylum – then you will undoubtedly be acquainted with Miss Alexia Tarabotti already.
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