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   Scarlet Plague, The, by Jack London  
 
  Novel, first publication in June 1915 , latest edition in June 1975
 
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      The year is 2072, and the earth has been depopulated by a plague epidemic that struck in 2013. The victims of the scarlet plague are dead within an hour or less of the first symptoms appearing. The plague is so contagious, and its course so swift, that research laboratories are wiped out even as scientists are racing toward a cure. As panic spreads, order breaks down and looting and carnage reign. Broadcast stations fall silent. Aircraft fall from the sky as their pilots succumb. After the catastrophe, just 40 people are left alive in the San Francisco Bay area. One of them is Professor James Howard Smith, a former English professor at Berkeley, who was 27 years old at the time of the plague. Now an old man, aware of his coming death, he attempts to pass the flame of knowledge to his reluctant young grandsons, who have known only a savage existence in an overgrown world in which wolves and bears far outnumber humans, and who place scant value on the wisdom that feeble old "Granser" is so desperate to impart. Its graphic detail, vivid word-pictures, and remarkable prophetic accuracy make The Scarlet Plague one of the most memorable post-holocaust stories. "In every field of endeavor good craftsmanship is to be recognized, appreciated and held out as the standard for others in the field. With respect to audio books, Dercum Audio consistently provides just such an accomplishment and was therefore selected for our enthusiastic and wholehearted recommendation."

     
     
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  • 21th Century
  • After the Apocalypse - Post-holocaust - Apocalypse
  • Earth
  • End of the World - End of Man
  • Plague - Disease - Epidemic - Virus
  • U.S.A.

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