Waiting on Wednesday 05/10/17

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick

The Genius Plague by David Walton (October 3, 2017 by Pyr Books)

I have enjoyed Walton’s sci-fi in the past, so I was intrigued when I found out about his new novel coming out this fall. I’m sure we’ve all read our fair share of books about nasty diseases, infections and outbreaks, but The Genius Plague sounds like a very different kind of story about a fungal plague pandemic. If you think you know where this will lead, you better think again….


What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.

Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?


24 Comments on “Waiting on Wednesday 05/10/17

  1. Ha, this reminds me of a tumblr post I read which explained how plants like wheat have essentially domesticated us, rather than the other way around! The concept is both intriguing and terrifying.


  2. I love stories about fungus, (I’m reading one right now!) and I love Walton, so this is a no brainer for me. Throw in a cool cover and now I can’t wait for November!


    • Yeah, I immediately thought Girl with All the Gifts/Boy on the Bridge and the cordyceps fungus – plus all the other stories that have used this concept for zombies (The Last of Us, etc.) That’s why this one struck me as so different! 😀


  3. Oooh, shiny! Plague pandemics are one of my fave sci-fi tropes, and this one does sound unique! Definitely going to keep an eye on it. Thanks 😀


  4. Yes, after the extensive education we obtained thought the cordyceps fungus, this one looks definitely nasty and bent on conquest, no matter the secondary enhancements…
    It will be a fascinating story, indeed! Thanks for sharing 🙂


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