• Matthew Staggs

CDC, Bladerunner, and Apes

It's been a busy week, and I hope that explains why this week's post is coming out (as of right now about 9-10 hours) late.

First off, my wife ran in, and completed not only the Princess 10k, but half marathon as well as the RunDisney event this past weekend, clocking in at about a 10:30 mile pace! Between the races and our general Disney World adventure, she tracked over 50 miles on her feet. Me? Significantly less, but I was there nonetheless.

In other news, you may have seen my previously shared article about Tim Cunningham, an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who has been missing now for over two weeks after indicating that he was going home sick. Scarily enough, Cunningham worked as a chief epidemiologist for the CDC, sparking fears of a possible infection from something he may have been studying. We hope for the best for Mr. Cunningham, but a scary story nonetheless.

In happier news, I got to finally catch up on a couple of sci-fi movies that I've been eagerly waiting to see (thanks to long flights to and from Orlando).

First up is Bladerunner 2049. There was a lot of concern about how this movie would turn out and whether or not it would live up to the original, especially since it had a director other than Ridley Scott (Denis Villenueve). All I can say is, it turned out great. The plot and twists were well crafted and presented. K, played by Ryan Gosling, is a new model of replicant working as a Bladerunner, sent to seek out and terminate the older models. When it is discovered that an older replicant may have been able to have a child, he is sent to find it and cover everything up. I can't recommend this movie enough, WITH the caveat that you've seen (and enjoyed) the original from 1982. Whichever cut you prefer.

The other movie I finally got to see is War for Planet of the Apes. Definitely a unique post-apocalyptic story, I've enjoyed this version of the classic ever since the first in the trilogy starring James Franco. This portion of the story appears to be the last, with a sort of Moses analogy in the tale of Caesar, the first ape to learn how to talk and think like a human. A rogue militia of humans attacks Caesar's village, killing his son and wife. With a few friends, he seeks revenge, only to find his people enslaved. Fans of this series, I believe, will find this a good continuation of the story, and a good post-apoc story in its own right.

As I've mentioned before, volume 3 of the Containment Series, Eradication, is in the works, looking at a release date of May 30th. So far, the going has been tough, if I'm being honest. With two books behind me, the expectations are much greater, and it's going to take some work to give you a fitting end to the Gratz' story. But I will perservere. Typing away every day.

That's it for news this week. As always, Containment is available currently on Amazon, and if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it is free to read. I'm going through a similar experiment with Quarantine, and once it is delisted from the last site, I will be adding volume 2 to Kindle Unlimited as well. Thank you to everyone who has picked up Quarantine so far, and if you haven't already, please go on to Amazon and leave a review after you've read it!

Until next week..

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