The Green Leopard Plague

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The Green Leopard Plague is a 2004 novella by Walter Jon Williams. It was first published in Asimov's Science Fiction.


Centuries after the introduction of a genetically engineered virus allows humans to photosynthesize food, leading the world to a post-scarcity society, a mermaid makes her living by searching old archives. She is approached by a customer who wants her to find information on the man who founded the theoretical background on which their civilization is based, John Terzian. It is eventually revealed that he was involved in the release of the photosynthesis virus. The story then veers back and forward between his story and the mermaid's.

In 2010 Night Shade Books republished The Green Leopard Plague as the titular piece of a collection of Williams' short works (ISBN 978-1597801775).


The Green Leopard Plague won the 2004 Nebula Award for Best Novella,[1] and was a finalist for the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Novella.[2]


  1. ^ 2004 Nebula Awards, at Science Fiction Writers of America; retrieved September 6, 2018
  2. ^ 2004 Hugo Awards at; retrieved September 6, 2018

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