“The Red One,” Jack London, 1918

“The Red One,” Jack London, 1918 – A lost civilization story containing an offensive portrayal of “primitives.”

Comments: See Gunn’s intro in The Road to Science Fiction and the introduction in The Phoenix Pick SF Anthology. The latter notes that London wrote in the tradition of naturalism, of man’s relationship to nature and man’s relationship to his animal self, and that he wrote at least 20 stories recognizable as sf and two sf novels, The Iron Heel (1907) and Before Adam (1906). See his non-sf story, “To Build a Fire,” about a man’s attempt to live in sub-zero temperatures.  See also H. Bruce Franklin’s comments on London’s themes in Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century.

Author: Wikipedia: “John Griffith “Jack” London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist…London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel, The Iron Heel and his non-fiction exposé, The People of the Abyss.”

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