The Last Canadian

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The Last Canadian
Author William C. Heine
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction
Publisher Pocket Book of Canada
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
ISBN 978-0-7701-0087-2
Called Death Wind (US)

The Last Canadian is a 1974 science fiction novel[1] by William C. Heine about the adventures of Eugene Arnprior after North America is devastated by a plague. The U.S. release of the novel was titled Death Wind.

Plot introduction[edit]

A 1970s Cold War apocalyptic story where Eugene Arnprior, an engineer living in Montreal, who after learning of a fast spreading airborne virus (released by the Soviets) in the American Rockies moves his wife and two sons to an isolated cabin in Northern Quebec. Arnprior’s family is wiped out when a virus carrier nears their camp - Arnprior is immune but also carries the virus now. The story continues as he travels the dead cities and meets various groups of survivors on the east coast of America and makes contact with a US destroyer off the coast of Florida which is being followed by an eavesdropping Soviet submarine.[2]


Though the 1998 movie The Patriot is credited as an adaptation of William C. Heine's novel The Last Canadian, it shares virtually no similarities with the novel except the idea of a deadly virus. No character names, events, or even locations appear in both the book and the film.[3]

Explanation of title[edit]

Eugene Arnprior had just received in the mail a notice of his Canadian citizenship when the plague struck. Therefore, he considered himself The Last Canadian.


  1. ^ D.F. McCourt. "A History of Canadian Science Fiction in Three Little Known Novels". Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  2. ^ "The Last Canadian - London Public Library". Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  3. ^ Vern (March 2012). Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal. London: Titan Books. ISBN 978-0857687227.