The Scarlet Plague

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The Scarlet Plague
First edition cover
Author Jack London
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
Media type Print

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,[1] has depopulated the planet. James Howard Smith is one of the few survivors of the pre-plague era left alive in the San Francisco area, and as he realizes his time grows short, he tries to impart the value of knowledge and wisdom to his grandsons. But his efforts are in vain, for they live the primeval life of hunter-gatherers and ridicule his recollections of the past, which sound totally unbelievable to them.

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  1. ^ Evening Standard; Back to the future again; November 10, 2008
The Scarlet Plague was reprinted in the February 1949 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries

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