Category Archives: disease/plague

“After a Judgment Day,” Edmond Hamilton, 1963

“After a Judgment Day,” Edmond Hamilton, 1963 — Fallout has mutated harmless bacteria into the A-Plague, which wipes out humanity.  Five men on a lunar outpost have been engaged in sending out “cyborgs” to explore various planets.  Three return home … Continue reading

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“Alpha Ralpha Boulevard,” Cordwainer Smith, 1961

“Alpha Ralpha Boulevard,” Cordwainer Smith, 1961 — In the “first years of the Rediscovery of Man, when the Instrumentality dug deep in the treasury, reconstructing the old cultures, the old languages, and even the old troubles,” Paul and Virginia tour … Continue reading

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“Dio,” Damon Knight, 1957

“Dio,” Damon Knight, 1957 — (Alternate title: “The Dying Man”)  The world is composed of two immortal classes–the pampered Players and the responsible Planners and their students.  Their lives of hedonism and leisurely scholarship, respectively, are progressing as planned until … Continue reading

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“My Boyfriend’s Name is Jello,” Avram Davidson, 1954

“My Boyfriend’s Name is Jello,” Avram Davidson, 1954 – A feverish man listens to the jump-rope song of three “Weird Sisters” outside his building, children who seems capable of inflicting or curing disease through their chants. Comments: Read in The … Continue reading

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“Breeds There a Man…?” Isaac Asimov, 1951

“Breeds there a man…?,” Isaac Asimov, 1951 — (Wikipedia) “Elwood Ralson, a brilliant but psychologically disturbed physicist, becomes convinced that humanity is a kind of genetics experiment being run by an alien intelligence. His behaviour becomes more erratic and suicidal … Continue reading

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“Contagion,” Katherine MacLean, 1950

“Contagion,” Katherine MacLean, 1950 – Colonists land on a planet only to discover that it has already been colonized by humans who arrived generations ago.  The humans they encounter are strangely altered, having adapted to the local environment by altering … Continue reading

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“Not With a Bang,” Damon Knight, 1950

“Not with a Bang,” Damon Knight, 1950 – A man and woman are all that remains of humanity.  The man, a misogynist, cajoles the traumatized young woman into “marrying” him so that they might repopulate the earth.  As he fantasizes … Continue reading

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