First Aid, Electromagnetic Pulses, Neurology, Psychology, Sociology
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
Featured Video: A Game of Incursion
In the spirit of Ashes and other zombie apocalypse sci-fi, STEM Teen Read is proud to present A Game of Incursion. This student video received an honorable mention in the STEMfest Explain It! Video Competition. We at the Teen Read thought that it deserved a spotlight here because of its creative blend of science fiction and science fact. If you like this video, please send us your comments, or share your own video or story.
By: Students from Scottsburg High School
Teachers: Connie Deardorff and Susan Jerrell
Note that the video you are about to view contains content that may not be suitable for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised. This video was created with the full support of the students’ parents, school administrators, and local law enforcement.
Zombies and Public Health
No matter how they came back from the dead, they’re coming for you, so be ready. Dr. Shibata discusses ways that a zombie apocalypse could come about and resources for protecting yourself, like the CDC’s “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” guide.
Explore Angela Grippo's Psychology Lab
See where Dr. Grippo and her lab assistants study brain function and the effects of stress on the brain.
This is Your Brain on EMPs
Dr. Angela Grippo discusses the human brain and the possible consequence of EMPs, neural disorders, and zombies on your gray matter.
Did you devour Ashes like a zombie devours brains? Librarian Laura Mesjak from Cortland Community Library has more book recommendations for you. Watch this video for book suggestions on everything from the undead to wilderness survival.
In this lesson, students will argue their side of the zombie conundrum. Students will research whether or not a person could actually become a zombie and present their findings.
Avoiding Zombies: Get to the CDC Quick!
In this activity, students must brainstorm a way to move Stacy/Stan through a field of zombies in order to deliver them to safety. Through the engineering design process, students will problem solve, build, and test a creation that will get Stacy/Stan to the CDC.
Video Discussion Guide
Watch the videos and then use these questions to facilitate classroom discussions about the topics presented.
Ilsa J. Bick
Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, former Air Force major, student of film—and an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories and novels. While in the Air Force, she served during both Desert Shield and Desert Storm; as a physician, she has worked extensively with children and adolescents, as well as inmates in a women’s prison. Having published widely on applied psychoanalysis and film, she has spoken on a variety of topics and presented her work in academic arenas and such popular venues as the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. An avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, she currently lives with her family in rural Wisconsin. For more information, visit her at www.ilsajbick.com.
Read Part 2 of the Ashes Saga: Shadows
The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.
Even before the electromagnetic pulse brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love. But she was wrong. Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.
Ilsa J. Bick brings a unique perspective to her novel of destruction and survival, both as a result of her military service during the first Gulf War and her years as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. She’s witnessed the aftermath of war on the mind and worked with people grappling with their private hells. She understands the brutality of which we are all capable.
“When the world ends, people really won’t be terribly well-behaved,” says Bick about her motivation to write the trilogy. “Being a shrink, I’m particularly interested in the dark side and I know that the biggest unknown, in any disaster, is people: how they change, what they become, the lengths they’re willing to go to survive. Part of my interest is probably also influenced by the fact that I’m the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, so that kind of catastrophe—where the world crumbles and people become monsters—is a sort of background music.”
Other Books by Ilsa J. Bick
- The Sin Eater’s Confession
- White Space: Book I of the DARK PASSAGES
- The Dickens Mirror: Book II of the DARK PASSAGES
- Ashes: Book I of the ASHES Trilogy
- Shadows: Book II of the ASHES Trilogy
- Monsters: Book III of the ASHES Trilogy
- Drowning Instinct
- Draw the Dark
- Star Trek: S.C.E.: Wounds
- Star Trek: S.C.E.: Ghost
- Dragon Rising
- The Gauntlet: Book I: Descent
- The Gauntlet: Book II: Crucible
- Blood Avatar
- Star Trek: S.C.E.: Wounds, Part I
- Star Trek: S.C.E.: Wounds, Part II
- Daughter of the Dragon
- Star Trek: S.C.E. #51: Lost Time
- Star Trek: The Lost Era: Well of Souls