Valentine Michael Smith was born a Human, raised as a Martian, and had now spent 8 years on Earth. Michael had learned much from Jubal Harshaw and his family, perhaps as much as they had learned from him. Michael’s religion, of which the primary tenet is “we are all God”, was now the 5th most popular on the planet, and shrinking. Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity were still dominant but they too were shrinking, and for the same reason that Michael’s religion was on the fall. When he first arrived on Earth, the infestation was small and isolated. It had spread and grown virulently in his brief stay.
It was estimated that over 40% of humans were now Zombies. Michael had met many. Despite the lack of clear communication he could tell that an intelligence still burned within their minds. They are humans, they are God. But Michael could not comprehend the unnamed religion that unified the Zombie minds, and he needed to fulfill his mission to unite Humanity. He left the hotel to meet the ravenous crowd outside.