“A Thousand Deaths,” Jack London, 1899

A Thousand Deaths,” Jack London, 1899 — A man is killed and brought back to life as part of a gruesome series of experiments by his father, a cold, overly-intellectual scientist.  He creates a distintegration machine, slays his father, and escapes.

Comments:  Contains racist remarks concerning the scientist’s  servants.  See H. Bruce Franklin’s extensive commentary in Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century, in which he discusses the rise of medical fiction at the end of the 19th century, London’s fiction, and London’s political and social theories (socialism, scientific racism).  Franklin notes that this story continues a popular theme of revivification and procreation/father versus son.

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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