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Jack London, world-famous adventurer and author of The Call of the Wild, wrote several key works of Radium-Age science fiction . The Scarlet Plague (1912) is set in London's hometown of San Francisco, California.

Jack London, world-famous adventurer and author of The Call of the Wild, wrote several key works of Radium-Age science fiction (1904-33), including The Iron Heel (1908) and The Star Rover (1914). Matthew Battles is the author of Library: An Unquiet History, The Urge of the Letter (forthcoming), and a science fiction story collection, The Sovereignties of Invention. Series: The Radium Age Science Fiction Series.

Illustrated By Gordon Grant. I. THE way led along upon what had once been the embankment of a railroad. But no train had run upon it for many years. His arms and legs,withered and skinny, betokened extreme age, as well as did their sunburnand scars and scratches betoken long years of exposure to the elements. The boy, who led the way, checking the eagerness of his muscles tothe slow progress of the elder, likewise wore a single d piece of bear-skin, with a hole in the middle through whichhe had thrust his head.

The Scarlet Plague is a post-apocalyptic fiction novel written by Jack London and originally published in London Magazine in 1912. The story takes place in 2073, sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic, the Red Death, has depopulated the planet. James Smith is one of the survivors of the era before the scarlet plague hit and is still left alive in the San Francisco area, and he travels with his grandsons Edwin, Hoo-Hoo, and Hare-Lip.

The Scarlet Death broke out in San Francisco. It hadsuddenly turned scarlet. The first death came ona Monday morning. By Thursday they were dying like flies in Oaklandand San Francisco. I ceased speaking and could only look at her,for the first fear of the plague was already on all of us and we knewthat it had come. The young women screamed and ran out of the room.

Jack London's plague novel, in which the world's population has been reduced to a few scattered bands of primitive scavengers, has influenced subsequent . The Scarlet Plague The Radium Age Science Fiction Series. Jack London, Matthew Battles.

Jack London's plague novel, in which the world's population has been reduced to a few scattered bands of primitive scavengers, has influenced subsequent science-fiction apocalypses and dystopias - from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four to the movies Road Warrior and Idiocracy. Outside the ruins of San Francisco, a former UC Berkeley professor of literature recounts the chilling sequence of events which led to his current lowly state - a gruesome pandemic which killed nearly every living soul on the planet, in a matter of days.

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The Scarlet Plague is a post-apocalyptic fiction novel written by Jack London

The Scarlet Plague is a post-apocalyptic fiction novel written by Jack London. It was written in 1910 but not serialized until the May–June 1912 issue of London Magazine. The author was inspired in part by Edgar Allan Poe's 1842 short story "The Masque of the Red Death". London published The Scarlet Plague in book form at a point in his career that biographers and critics have called a "professional decline", from September 1912 to May 1916.

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This page contains details about the Fiction book The Scarlet Plague by Jack London published in 1915. This book is the 1607th greatest Fiction book of all time as determined by thegreatestbooks. Jack London's post-apocalyptic vision takes place in 2072, sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic has depopulated the planet. James Howard Smith, one of the few left alive San Francisco area, tries to impart the value of wisdom to his grandsons and as his time on Earth grows ever shorter.

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Jack London’s plague novel, in which the world’s population has been reduced to a few scattered bands of primitive scavengers, has influenced subsequent science-fiction apocalypses and dystopias — from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four to the movies Road Warrior and Idiocracy.Outside the ruins of San Francisco, a former UC Berkeley professor of literature recounts the chilling sequence of events which led to his current lowly state — a gruesome pandemic which killed nearly every living soul on the planet, in a matter of days. Modern civilization tottered and fell, and a new race of barbarians — the western world's brutalized workers — assumed power everywhere.Over the space of a few decades, all learning has been lost. Unlike the professor on Gilligan's Island, the narrator is the least useful member of a thriving tribe, whose younger generation (who boast names like Hoo-Hoo and Har-Lip) are mostly descended from a the tribe's brutish founder. He was known only by the title of his former occupation, so the tribe's name is: Chauffeur.A bleak, at times darkly humorous glimpse into the future by an author best known for red-blooded adventure yarns set in the Klondike Gold Rush.
Feri
This 1912 story stands among the earliest of "after the collapse" dystopias. In it, Jack London starts with San Francisco of his day - not that different, except for the horses, than it is today. A mysterious plague breaks out, bringing terrible death within hours of its first symptoms - and, of course, incredibly contagious. Polite society quickly degenerates into isolated bands, some together for mutual support, others as predatory wolf-packs. Even a college campus turns into a war zone, with as many dead from gunfire as from disease. As you may imagine, London's writing style works well in conveying the brute savagery.

Some few with natural immunity survive, like the narrator. He tells this story to a few boys from his tribe, descendants of those who survived pestilence and each other. But, the boys' world-view and even language have collapsed, too. They can barely understand the words he uses, can't imagine the society he describes, and frankly don't care. In closing the narrator mentions a cache of books he's placed in a cave, hoping it will help future generations regain civilized status. But that might be millenia away, if it ever comes at all.

-- wiredweird
GODMAX
This short novelette of Jack London's, is a radical departure from his usual "he-man" expostulations upon brutal Nature, brutal men, brutal institutions, and, brutal oceans. He had manged Science Fiction, with as much adroitness, just as well, as he did with his usual genres.

It was fascinating to see how he made projections upon the progress of technology, 100 years ahead of his time. Wireless radios being used for routine communications between regular folks; monorails to transport the masses overland; and private luxury zeppelins, for the wealthy to travel.

After this pandemic had culled humanity, by at least 95%, there was an irrevocable descent by humanity into savage barbarity, once they lost their comforts, technology, and institutions, and that is the common thread--of brutality--that this story has, with the rest of London's works.

One should also read George R. Stewart's "Earth Abides" alongside of "Scarlet", as they are both very complimentary to each other.
Saimath
Love the book. I have the Spanish version in cartoon form also from Mexico City 1977 or so. This is a weird edition; the book was always called THE Scarlet Plague. The missing article seems odd, like writing Odd Couple instead of The Odd Couple or Grapes of Wrath instead of The Grapes of Wrath. We are warned that this copied novel with the incorrectly printed title may not be reproduced (in its current format) without the permission of the "publisher" who may be contacted at an email address--this as if there is anyone who would seek to steal the valuable two-spaces-after-a-paragraph format used by the "publisher" who seems to have simply typed the work up for sale on CreateSpace or wherever.
I for one pledge not to steal this valuable formatting. :)
Mautaxe
"The Scarlet Plague" is a novella by Jack London that I'd never heard of before searching for recommended books available for free on Kindle. It was listed under science fiction and I thought "Whoa!" London's story was written in 1912, predicts a deadly plague in 2012, and is "narrated" by one of the few survivors--an 87-yr-old former English professor--60 years after civilization's collapse. The world of 2072 is completely feral, with scattered groups of stone-age humans perhaps only numbering a few thousand worldwide. The old professor tells his 3 grandchildren about the world before the plague, and the total collapse of everything. This work is vivid and profoundly pessimistic. If there's a fun part, it's London's portrait of Earth, circa 2012. A population of 8 billion, gross inequities of wealth and power, monorails, dirigibles, wireless communications: not bad for guessing a century ahead. It screams to be adapted to the big or small screen, shooting in today's world and tweaking the story to match. 75 years before this book, Mary Shelley wrote "The Last Man," which some consider the great-granddaddy of post-apocalyptic novels. I'd never heard of that one before reading reviews of "The Scarlet Plague." I wonder if Kindle has it for free...
Swiang
1) This is a novella, not a short story; if you are expecting a thick book, don't go for it, but it's just as long as many published books.
1b) I was shocked to discover that Jack London had written what we'd now call postapocalyptic fiction. The frisson was stronger to realize that the apocalypse was now!
1c) I'd highly, highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys postapocalyptic fiction. I don't know if it's the origin of some of the tropes we often see, but it's definitely an early instantiation of them, and it's kind of heartbreaking.
2) This edition in particular is a beautiful edition of a text that is available online, proofed and corrected. I would much rather read this than any of the free editions for that reason: I find errors distracting and this version has none.
2b) I'm looking forward to the rest of the Radium Age series!
The Scarlet Plague (The Radium Age Science Fiction Series) ebook
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Jack London
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