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- DescriptionThere's A Bug Going Around is a medical thriller/black comedy where the principal character is HIV, the AIDS virus. Felix, the research scientist, needs it as a means of fulfilling his professional ambitions and for settling scores with his father. Bismarck, the homophobic President of a drug company, fears it and wants it hunted down and destroyed. Mrs Plank, the mother of a self-obsessed rock star, accepts it as a weapon in the war of belittlement against her son. Henry, the ineffectual shop assistant, is martyred because of it. Tiger, the gay militant, enlists it for political mobilisation and revenge. Finally Eldridge Kwanza, the African medic, conquers it. The book is a social dance macabre around this modern day plague. The vel was written in the 1990s at the height of the AIDS epidemic when the gay community particularly was threatened with a life threatening incurable and untreatable disease. The core of the book was a piece of science fiction, the idea of using the Leukemic virus to fight HIV. The book was t accepted at the time because the concept of using one virus to battle ather was considered too eccentric and fanciful to be credible. The book has lain dormant ever since. Late last year there was a real life medical breakthrough where HIV was successfully used to treat Leukemia. Now that science has caught up with fiction, here it is. The text has t been changed. It is set firmly in 1990s when the paraia around AIDS was at its height.
- Author BiographyRobert Silman is a doctor/scientist, for many years Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine where he authored scores of research publications in the major scientific research journals, principally on the role of the pituitary hormones ACTH and endorphin in pregnancy and parturition, and the pineal hormone melatonin in growth and puberty. Before medical school he obtained a degree in Philosophy (Licence es Lettres) at the Sorbonne where he co-wrote a political thriller, Assassination, under the pen name Ben Abro, published by Jonathan Cape in the UK and William Morrow in the USA. The book gave rise to a libel action with a celebrated French politician. The book was withdrawn during court proceedings and was republished in April 2001 by the University of Nebraska Press (ISBN: 9780803259393) with an extensive historical addendum on the accompanying libel action. Steven Froelich is an actor/playwright. His first play, They Offered Bob and Wilma Cash, had Sylvia Miles in the lead with Steven playing opposite as her son. His second play, Weekend In Rio, was work shopped at the Steppenwolf Studio in Chicago with Laurie Metcalfe in the lead followed by public performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received two Best Actress nominations. His first true life travel journal, Moscow to Havana (ISBN: 9780957296602), was published in 2012.
- Author(s)Robert Silman,Steven Froelich
- Date of Publication15/05/2013
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight567 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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