Download e-book for kindle: Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan

By Matt Kaplan

ISBN-10: 1451668007

ISBN-13: 9781451668001

We know “there’s no such factor as monsters,” yet our imaginations let us know another way. From the legendary beasts of old Greece to the hormonal vampires of the Twilight saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. Matt Kaplan, a famous technology journalist and monster-myth fanatic, employs an wonderful mixture of state of the art study and a love of lore to discover the historical past at the back of those fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with issues that move bump within the evening.

Ranging throughout historical past, Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s chunk tackles the iconic questions that come up at the frontier among myth and truth. What brought on historic Minoans to create the story of the Minotaur and its subterranean maze? Did dragons relatively exist? What encouraged the construction of vampires and werewolves, and why are we so attracted to them?

With the attention of a journalist and the voice of a storyteller, Kaplan takes readers to the leading edge of technological know-how, the place our favourite figures of horror may perhaps locate real-life validation. Does the mythical Kraken, a squid of epic proportions, rather roam the deep? Are we as regards to making Jurassic Park a fact by means of replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? As our fears evolve, so do our monsters, and Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s chunk charts the increase of the final word beasts, people themselves.

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The blond man hit a button on his keys. The lights flashed on the BMW parked next to them. Glad he had brought his little toys, Philip exited the car and used his body to block the view of the approaching driver. He pushed a little device in the edge of the passenger window of the BMW. He and Alec walked away before the suit reached the car. com Phoenix Legacy Alec drew close to him. ” Philip frowned and shrugged. ” Alec might have no idea what he was talking about but he had the presence of mind to nod as if he did.

I thought Newark was bad,” Alec said. “Newark is a living city. ” There were rarely police here or anyone in authority. No one to bother anyone save for the neighborhood gangs. Philip liked Passaic. It was an easy place to hide. com Phoenix Legacy He pulled into a more residential area, with rundown two- and threefamily houses almost on top of each other. “Tell me what this lab looks like inside. How large? ” “About fifty employees. ” Good cover. An altruistic goal and yet one that would not yield results quickly.

Alec shook his head and left the dead man to the first responders. Philip walked behind the crowd of employees and leaned against a car. His breathing was still ragged. Likely his lungs had been seared badly by the smoke. If he’d been in the fire longer, he might have truly died. If he were a normal man, he’d never have made it out alive, even with Alec’s help. He concentrated, imagining healthy, pink and functioning lungs. The healing flooded his body again, mingling with the pleasure he derived from the pain until it was all one.

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