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"Installing Linux on a Dead Badger" is the best zombie tech humor book I have ever read. Hands down. -- Blogtide Rising, November 1 2007

If you like your fiction with healthy doses of humor, horror, and computer in-jokes, this is definitely something you're going to enjoy. -- Lubbock Online, November 6 2007

Lucy is funny. There's no way to put a different spin on this, but this book is darkly, terribly hilarious. -- Everything 2, October 18 2007

About the Author

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of:
  • Spellbent
  • Shotgun Sorceress
  • Switchblade Goddess
  • Soft Apocalypses
  • Orchid Carousals
  • Sparks and Shadows
  • Chimeric Machines
  • Installing Linux on a Dead Badger
  • Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide 
Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Steampunk World, In the Court of the Yellow King, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5

She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is a mentor in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Guy Publishing (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894953479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894953474
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of several books:

* Spellbent
* Shotgun Sorceress
* Switchblade Goddess
* Soft Apocalypses
* Orchid Carousals
* Sparks and Shadows
* Chimeric Machines
* Installing Linux on a Dead Badger
* Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide

Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Steampunk World, In the Court of the Yellow King, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5.

She lives in Ohio and is a mentor in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.

You can learn more at her website: www.lucysnyder.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Robichaud II on February 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Installing Linux on a Dead Badger is one of those rare treats: a book that, when you're finished, you feel impelled to share with all your friends, if only to have someone else to swap the jokes with.

The collection is a slender volume, maybe 110 pages long, with about 12 stories or so. The titular piece is written as a set of instructions for using Linux to create your own zombie badger (with an Appendix for additional instructions and warnings for use with alternate species or unsupported animals). The following eight stories are written in a journalistic style, immersing the reader in an alternate universe where this sort of software opens up whole new vistas. In the manner of Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, these individual stories combine to create a strangely familiar world. The author blends humor with eeriness in a heady, must read mix... In this world, teens run wild with their borderline illegal Linux installations, zombloyees usurp the jobs of less cost efficient living employees, companies install a new requirement for the ruthless (some might say bloodsucking) world of middle management, IT networking goes to extreme dimensions, playing dead might be the only way to survive, and the relentless killing machines of a previously unknown "pest" become the season's hottest pets...

I found the last three stories in the volume to be somewhat less involving. Perhaps this is due to the shift to a more "familiar" writing style, less "you are there" gonzo and more traditional first/third person narratives.

While the first of these ("The Great VuDu Linux Teen Zombie Massacre") is certainly a part of the previous world, it makes the mistake of repeating the content of the titular piece.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Slemmons on November 6, 2007
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This is a short story collection about cybermancy and necrotechnology -- most of the stories are set in a parallel reality where you can use the dark arts to raise the dead, and then use the other dark arts -- computer programming -- to control them.

One of Snyder's strengths in this collection is disguising her fiction as news articles or technical writing. The title story is actually written like a software guide, instructing readers on what kinds of software will need to be installed to raise the dead (like a Duppy card, FleshGolem software, or ItzaLive programs, for you Mac users), and well over half of the other stories read like something out of the business or technology sections of your local paper or a national newsweekly.

Can't imagine necromancy as big business? Obviously, you've never considered the financial benefits of replacing your living employees with zombies who will work for 20 hours a day for a bucket of cow brains. Not to mention the benefits of networking your office computers with eldritch extra-dimensional demons who will deliver your e-mail and make market predictions for the price of a few delicious kittens. Sure, there's a problem with cthonian horrors sucking out your soul, but everyone's gotta make sacrifices in business, right?

Verdict: Thumbs up. If you like your fiction with healthy doses of humor, horror, and computer in-jokes, this is definitely something you're going to enjoy.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on August 1, 2008
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Snyder is hilarious. Her use of characters and creatures from myths and legends, to re-depict IT situations by superimposing these beings from a supernatural realm onto real-life computer industry events, describes them in a new light, with tremendous insight and humour. The twelve articles collected here are fun for any Geek on your gift list.

The wit and wisdom displayed in this book are exceptional, with everything from step by step instructions on how to install Linux on a dead badger, to using your dead badger to fight zombies. This book has it all, from stories about IT helpdesks starting to staff with zombies to cut down on cost, to using vampires as supervisors to keep the zombies under control and working, to management having no brains to begin with so the zombies have no interest in eating them anyway.

Pick this book up for yourself, for your geek friends or anyone in IT or computer science; they will ROTFL while reading it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Lucas on April 3, 2008
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If you made the Monty Python crew work in an office and left a copy of the Necronomicon in the bathroom for breaktime reading, you'd wind up with this book. These stories occupy a delightful cross-genre place between humor, horror, technology, and business.

The author has obviously read too many tech manuals and too many business books, and been driven mad by them. But fortunately it's one of the good kinds of madness, not something scary like a CEO.

I do feel obliged to mention that NetBSD's dead badger support is far better than Linux's. But the book is absolutely fabulous nonetheless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Muffie79 on May 1, 2008
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Lucy Snyder has one of the most unique voices in speculative fiction, and this book is an example of her at her best.

What Terry Prachett does for fantasy, what Douglas Adams did for S/F, what Christopher Moore does for horror, Lucy Snyder does for technogeekism. She twists it, she warps it, and she makes it side-splittingly funny. She is well on her way to creating a lexicon of humor that will have the whole Gen X and Y community feeling even more smug and geekier-than-thou.

The title piece in this collection is a beloved classic to the online crowd; anyone who's ever suffered through a technical manual will be at home with the zombie badgers.

This book also contains one of my favorite stories of all time, "In The Shadow of the Fryolator". Chick lit meets Cthulu via the brain of Lucy Snyder.

I highly recommend owning this book if you want to be cool.
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