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Scarlet Plague. The Scarlet Plague was created by Jack London (Francis Morgan) and appeared in “The Scarlet Plague” (London Magazine, May-June 1912); the serial published as The Scarlet Plague (1914).

Early in the 21st century the Scarlet Plague appears. At this time capitalism has conquered the world, and the United States is ruled by a few wealthy families who harshly oppress everyone else. But despite the civilization’s advanced technology the Scarlet Plague destroys humanity, and by the time of the story, sixty-odd years later, only around a hundred humans are left. The survivors are debased and brutal, and the narrator, an elderly survivor of the time before the Plague, is the only literate man left.

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