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Old 07-11-2019, 03:44 AM   #1
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Looking for books that combine science and horror

Hi

I’m looking for books that deal with science and horror. I’m not sure what it is about it but I love the idea of scientists meddling with something that creates something horrific. Examples of this would be the latest Doom game. Scientists in a sterile controlled environment unleashing literal hell. Another good example would be Event Horizon and the Dead Space games.

I’m looking mainly for science and interesting/thought provoking ideas and concepts rather than ‘pure’ horror.

Would be great to get some recommendations as I think I’ve consumed every other medium (films/games) that deal with this topic.

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Old 07-11-2019, 09:13 AM   #2
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Hi

I’m looking for books that deal with science and horror. I’m not sure what it is about it but I love the idea of scientists meddling with something that creates something horrific. Examples of this would be the latest Doom game. Scientists in a sterile controlled environment unleashing literal hell. Another good example would be Event Horizon and the Dead Space games.

I’m looking mainly for science and interesting/thought provoking ideas and concepts rather than ‘pure’ horror.

Would be great to get some recommendations as I think I’ve consumed every other medium (films/games) that deal with this topic.

Thanks
Jon

Obviously, the book that started this was Frankenstein. Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain was a classic, as was Jurassic Park. There are Doom tie-in books out there.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:22 AM   #3
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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut is about a terrible invention (ice-9) that threatens the Earth. The book is really about human stupidity, though, so the horror is inescapable.
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Alter of Eden, by James Rollins
Pulse, by Jeremy Robinson

These are more Action/Adventure, but they are action/adventure that was caused/preceded by scientists messing with things that they probably shouldn't have been messing with.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:26 PM   #5
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Rick Yancy's The Monstrumologist and sequels.

Recommend the Gene Wolfe story "The HORARS of War."

Both fall into more of the thought-provoking bucket, IMHO.

Recommend avoiding anything and everything by Michael Crichton. He wrote his "scientists" as unethical fiends, which usually ends up driving the plot. Gets real dull real fast.
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Mira Grant: Newsflesh series (triology + a few novelettes, I think), starting with Feed.

A cure for the common cold + a cure for cancer + criminally careless optimism + bad luck = zombies!
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:16 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the suggestions. More suggestions welcome ��
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:01 PM   #8
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My first thought was "And the Band Played On" by Randy Shilts. However, that's merely horrifying. Not Horror, per se.
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Blindsight, and its sequel Echopraxia, by Peter Watts.
Blood Music by Greg Bear.
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More the interaction of humans with incomprehensible alien tech. Roadside Picnic, Strugatsky.
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Recommend avoiding anything and everything by Michael Crichton. He wrote his "scientists" as unethical fiends, which usually ends up driving the plot. Gets real dull real fast.
They aren't for everyone but I have enjoyed the MC that I have read. And some of them definitely fit.

Beyond that, The Hot Zone by Richard Preston is pretty horrifying. Again, not really a horror book, just horrifying.

The Silo/Wool series by Hugh Howey is good too, although not much about the horror that was unleashed. Just the aftereffects and what it did to society.
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