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The Giving Plague

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The Giving Plague

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Author: David Brin
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine, 2012
Interzone, 1988

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Hugo Award nominated short story.

Not all villains succeed at being evil. Not all diseases deserve the word plague. Fate can be ironic indeed. The chilling short story, The Giving Plague, follows microbiologist Forry, a self-proclaimed cynic, jealous of his "boy wonder" colleague who discovers a unique virus that could change humanity. Transmitted by blood donations, the virus manipulates humans toward altruism and charity. Forry decides that he will do anything to take credit for this discovery... until a more deadly alien virus infects the human race, forcing him to wrestle with his own inner demons.

The Giving Plague originally appeared in Interzone, #23 Spring 1988. It was reprinted in Lightspeed, July 2012. The story can also be found in the anthologies Full Spectrum 2 (1989), edited by Lou Aronica, Shawna McCarthy, Amy Stout and Pat LoBrutto, and The 1989 Annual World's Best SF, edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha. The story is included in the collection Otherness (1994).

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