I don’t know about you, but if the world ended and all there were left were these kind of vampires and kind of zombies and I spent my time trying to figure out if they were inflicted with a virus or the vampires of myth and legend, I don’t think I’d spend half my time constantly pounding my head about whether or not I’d ever get to have sex again.
It’s such a weird go to for so many sci-fi writer, and like, I get it, we live in a repressed society in which sex has always been a taboo subject, but like wanting to hook up with a zombie vampire (probably a very human goal) isn’t going to be the primary fascination of most people. Maybe I am getting old or whatever.
Anyway this is a perfectly fine novella and it’s obviously very influential for a lot of writers. It’s kind of invented some parts of zombie stories and it explores vampire myth in some cool ways, but almost all of the book is ruminating about loneliness and doing bad science. It’s kind of curious and interesting because of this, but also kind of boring and repetitive as a consequence. It’s obviously best when he finally gets to talk to someone, but when you’re exploring a what if scenario that I don’t find very likely to happen, I might need a few more things to happen to actually enjoy the book. Also I think the title is dumb as hell and always have.