When Ebola began making headlines, one of the few books on the topic was the 20-year-old nonfiction title that the NYT says could “be classified as dystopian nonfiction,” The Hot Zone.(RH/Anchor Trade; Mass Market; S&S Audio).
The author, Richard Preston publishes new reporting on Ebola in the 10/28 issue of the New Yorker. In an interview in this week’s NYT Book Review, he says so much has changed in the last 20 years that he is “dying to update the book” and is clearly doing so, outlining what he plans to change. Asked about rumors of a Fox TV series based on the book, he confirms that initial efforts are being made (The Hollywood Reporter also confirmed that story on Thursday, adding that Preston’s new information will be incorporated).
Asked why he and brother Doug Preston each write such scary books, he says people often wonder if they come from terrible childhoods. But no, he says, “It comes from storytelling around the dinner table. We all just got into the habit of telling weird and interesting stories.”