Radium Age science fiction novel by Jack London: The Scarlet Plague

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  1. To read too : “The Iron Heel”, a novel that is the mother of all dystopias, I’ll say. Maybe a little bit socialist for americans to read. There is also a horrible history (don’t remember the name) where it is suggested to kill… every inhabitant of China, to avoid overpopulation !

  2. jjdaddyo says:

    Not to do HiLo Books out of their money or anything but this book is in the public domain and can be downloaded for free from Amazon or Gutenberg.org.

  3. BDiamond says:

    As mentioned before, freely available at Project Gutenberg, at this link: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21970

  4. GeorgeMokray says:

    Read it when I was a kid.  Always liked it andwanted to read it again.  Somebody should make the movie.

  5. Fred Talmadge says:

    Sounds like a darker version of “Earth Abides”

    • Preston Sturges says:

      Looks like “Earth Abides” ripped off the character of the old man survivor  and his grandsons. 

  6. Jeff says:

    Or, you could read it for free at Project Gutenberg!
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21970/21970-h/21970-h.htm

  7. Snig says:

    Remember reading Star Rover by him, about prisoners escaping by entering their past lives.  It was sort of scifi.  I was about ten when I read it, so not sure how it’d stand up today.  

  8. Roy Trumbull says:

    I was going to do a narration of this story but the Guttenberg text had numerous typos.

    • beepbeep says:

       Were you reading the .txt version? I’ve noticed lots of typos with them, but took some of them (Like the Pickwick Papers) and redid the entire books into .odt documents. A bit tedious, but I found it to be an interesting experiment. What you should probably do is get an ebook version like EPUB and also the free reader  Calibre at http://calibre-ebook.com/. This works beautifully!

  9. OtherMichael says:

     Eh. An earlier version. And more sensationalist and class-warfare focused.

    And not a pessimistic as “Earth Abides.”

    Both fun reads, however.

  10. OtherMichael says:

     Eh. An earlier version. And more sensationalist and class-warfare focused.

    And not a pessimistic as “Earth Abides.”

    Both fun reads, however.

  11. dayhat says:

    or drm free audiobook from the terrific folks at Librivox:

    http://librivox.org/the-scarlet-plague-by-jack-london/

  12. dayhat says:

    or drm free audiobook from the terrific folks at Librivox:

    http://librivox.org/the-scarlet-plague-by-jack-london/

  13. dayhat says:

    or drm free audiobook from the terrific folks at Librivox:

    http://librivox.org/the-scarlet-plague-by-jack-london/

  14. Preston Sturges says:

    I read a true story he wrote about exploring in Alaska and how the ships rat killing terrier would go ashore and wander around alone. London climbed a glacier and the dog followed. They ended up opposite sides of a crevasse. He had to coax the dog across a very thin snow bridge or he would have had to abandon it on the glacier, and the dog knew it. Anyway, the dog made it. But he sure could pack action, suspense, and emotion into a couple pages.

  15. Preston Sturges says:

    The old man describes pellagra as an infection when t was actually a B3 deficiency.  Vitamin deficiencies are awful and pellagra would often kill many children in orphanages.  The  lesions just rip the skin  right off a person, but it’s not an infection. 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

    • Sereg says:

      If your skin is ripped off for any reason, the wound is likely to get infected, especially when you don’t have a concept of sterile bandaging.

      • Preston Sturges says:

        The wikipedia photos don’t show how gruesome it is.

        It affected children in orphanages who were fed white bread and white rice, and since it would often afflict several people simultaneously, it was assumed to be an infection. 

      • Preston Sturges says:

        The wikipedia photos don’t show how gruesome it is.

        It affected children in orphanages who were fed white bread and white rice, and since it would often afflict several people simultaneously, it was assumed to be an infection. 

  16. Rich Keller says:

    Jack London started the Post-Apocalypse Trope of naming groups after their ancestors’ jobs. Leela from Dr. Who was from a tribe named after the survey team her ancestors had been part of. If London had written this today, the Chauffeur tribe could be called the Barristas.

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