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The Edge Of The Universe, Sarena Ulibarri Jan 2014

The Edge Of The Universe, Sarena Ulibarri

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Olivia is a waitress at the Intergalactic Truckstop who left Earth to find a music career and ended up serving spaceship drivers and gross octopus aliens. Bob is a cargo-ship driver and one of Olivia's regulars. He's sixty, gay, and wishing he'd done something more interesting with his life. More than anything, he wants to step off the Edge of the Universe, a place where your atoms get completely rearranged. When Olivia steals the Truckstop's most prized piece of memorabilia and implicates Bob as her getaway driver, it changes the course of their fates, sending them ...


Bring An Axe And Your Wildest Dreams: Post-Apocalyptic Desires, Science Distrust, And The De(Con)Struction Of A Zombie Story, Samantha Jo Long Jan 2014

Bring An Axe And Your Wildest Dreams: Post-Apocalyptic Desires, Science Distrust, And The De(Con)Struction Of A Zombie Story, Samantha Jo Long

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Observing the current popularity of the zombie narrative in American culture, this thesis explores the questions “why zombie?” and “why now?” through a combination of research and the creation of an original zombie story. Moving beyond existing criticism which argues that the zombie transforms to fit each generation’s specific fears, I argue that zombie movies, novels, and video games from George A. Romero-onwards continually speak to a distrust of science and scientific progress while additionally romanticizing the post-apocalyptic landscape. Consequently, the zombie’s unprecedented mainstream popularity over the last fifteen years could be read as symptomatic of this distrust ...