The Scarlet Plague

The Scarlet Plague - The Radium Age Science Fiction Series

Anniversary Edition edition

Paperback (31 May 2012)

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781935869504
Publisher: Cursor
Imprint: HiLoBooks
Pub date:
Edition: Anniversary Edition edition
Language: English
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 127g
Height: 188mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 10mm