Novelist Joe Wallace Introduces Thriller “Invasive Species”

Author Joseph Wallace will read from his new book, the global, apocalyptic thriller Invasive Species (2013, Berkley Books), Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Musser auditorium in Pfahler Hall. Wallace has been an author for more than two decades, writing on everything from science and health to dinosaurs and baseball.

"Invasive Species" by Joe Wallace

Invasive Species is described as an end-of-the-world thriller with a scientifically believable premise. A review of the book, which appeared on the website, says:

“Wallace seems to have studied the best speculative action page turners in history, such as those by Benchley and Crichton, and has outdone them all in one fell swoop. In fact, this is what Hollywood blockbusters should be and frequently aren’t.  . . . (The hero) goes deep into places neither you nor I would ever go, into the harshest climes and under the worst conditions. It is during one of these missions in Senegal that he stumbles upon a nightmare incarnate: a dying primate unwittingly hosting the larvae of the majizi, as the monstrous wasps of this story are called.”

Wallace is the author of Diamond Ruby (2010, Touchstone), set in 1920s New York City, and has contributed short stories to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and anthologies including Bronx Noir, Baltimore Noir, Hard Boiled Brooklyn, and two Mystery Writers of America collections: The Prosecution Rests and Ice Cold. He has published nonfiction books on dinosaurs, natural history, and baseball, and written on nature, travel, and health for magazines and newspapers. He lives north of New York City where he runs storytelling workshops and is a writing mentor for students. He says that “after the Brooklyn focus of Diamond Ruby, it was great fun setting Invasive Species in Africa, Central America, Australia, and other far-flung locations.” He is the brother of Collegeville resident and Ursinus Professor of Environmental Studies Richard Wallace.