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October 14, 2002


Best Selling Author of "The Hot Zone" to Speak at Emory

Richard Preston, the award-winning author of #1 New York Times bestseller "The Hot Zone," will lecture on his brand new book about smallpox and anthrax, "The Demon in the Freezer," at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 16 in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building auditorium at Emory University.

"The Demon in the Freezer" is an inside look at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, its research into defenses against the possible use of smallpox as a bio-weapon, and the ongoing FBI investigation into last year's anthrax attacks against Congress and the media. In a glowing review, Publishers Weekly called the new book "compelling" and said it is "as exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers."

Preston's appearance, which is free and open to members of the Emory community, will be the next installment in the Triangle Lecture series sponsored by the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research in the Rollins School of Public Health.

Preston is considered one of the world's foremost writers on the subject of bioterrorism and the threats posed by rare and emerging viruses. No less an authority on suspense than Stephen King said "The Hot Zone," a nonfiction book on Ebola virus, was "one of the most horrifying things I've ever read in my whole life."

A writer for The New Yorker, Preston has won the Champion of Prevention Award from the CDC and a major award from the American Institute of Physics for his book "First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe." He has also written a bestselling bioterror novel, "The Cobra Event."

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