Publication Date: May 2, 2012
In Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse by Ford Forkum, aliens who are bored decide to attack a planet and enslave a few hundred people just for the kicks, choose Earth. They arrive to find the planet in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse and themselves no match for zombies. The lone survivor, Ursa Minor, teams up with students that he finds on the roof of a building and their vapid and affectionate vampire friends to find a way out of the ultimate invasion gone wrong.
Let me tell you something about myself, I am the biggest sort of fan girl for whacky, clever humor and this story was all about the whacky and the clever. In a narrative reminiscent of the best of Douglas Adams, we find the Zyrplexians — Teddy-Bear-like aliens who are living the perfect dream and who decide to play “Invade That Planet!” to alleviate their boredom. The parallels to the U.S. to the Zyrplexian military planet were hard to miss. I kind of expected the author not to be American but he is and I would have laughed with him anyway. One of the funnier passages references their tendency to vandalize mountainsides with silly engravings. Gee … oddly enough, right after reading, I asked my daughter if she had any desire to see Mount Rushmore. LOL
I LOVE that when the Zyrplexians invade, they announce that the Earthlings “silly questions about intelligent life on other planets with an ironic twist.” Is it just because I watched a Dr. Who marathon over the weekend that I want these characters featured in an episode of that long-running show? BBC needs to give Mr. Forkum a call because I think he’s just what the show needs to get back on track after the debacle with Matt Smith. The ship’s computer should also be featured. A nice homage to Douglas Adams and such a well-done read.
But I digress ….
Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse is smart, funny and well written — and FAR too short. I want so much more of these characters and to travel around the stars with them. If you need a story to pose intelligent questions, this one just might. Is it worth sacrificing one race to save another? Forkum pokes fun across genres and I just love it. I hope to review his next work (yet undiscovered) very soon. This story is a must-read.
If you’re looking for a story about rising above and recovering from incredible obstacles, read an excerpt and pick up Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalyse by Ford Forkum on