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Jack London


The Iron Heel

Jack London

Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, Jack London's The Iron Heel offers a grim depiction of warfare between the classes in America and around the globe. Originally published nearly a hundred years ago, it anticipated many features of the past century, including the rise of fascism, the emergence of domestic terrorism, and the growth of centralized government surveillance and authority. What begins as a war of words ends in scenes of harrowing violence as the state oligarchy, known as "the Iron Heel," moves to crush all opposition to its power.

The Science Fiction of Jack London

Jack London

Jack London is one of a number of important American authors who wrote science fiction in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His works include future war stories, social projections, wonderful inventions and evolutionary fantasies. This original anthology includes London's famous short novels: The Scarlet Plague, a post-catastrophe story in which the lone survivor of a terrible plague in the twenty-first century unsuccessully tries to warn the youth of a primitive tribe about man's potential for self-destruction; and The Red One, which concerns an alien object, perhaps a spaceship, which came to earth thousands of years ago and is still worshipped by savages as a God. Nine shorter science fiction pieces round out the anthology to demonstrate London's very definite place in the history and development of science fiction.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction · Richard Gid Powers
  • "A Relic of the Pliocene" · Colliers Jan 12 '01
  • "The Minions of Midas" · Pearson's Magazine (US) May '01
  • "The Shadow and the Flash" · The Bookman Jun '03
  • "A Curious Fragment" · Town Topics Dec 10 '08
  • "Goliah" · The Bookman Feb '10
  • "The Dream of Debs" · The International Socialist Review Jan '09
  • "The Unparalleled Invasion" · McClure's Jul '10
  • "When the World Was Young" · The Saturday Evening Post Sep 10 '10
  • "The Strength of the Strong" · Hampton's Mar '11
  • "The Scarlet Plague" · The London Magazine Jun '12
  • Illustrations to "The Scarlet Plague" · Gordon Grant
  • "The Red One" · Cosmopolitan Oct '18

Before Adam

Jack London

A young man in modern America is terrorized by visions of an earlier, primitive life. Across the enormous chasm of thousands of centuries, his consciousness has become entwined with that of Big-Tooth, an ancestor living at the dawn of humanity. Big-Tooth makes his home in Pleistocene Africa, a ferocious, fascinating younger world torn by incessant conflict between early humans and protohumans. Before Adam is a remarkable and provocative tale that thrust evolution further into the public spotlight in the early twentieth century and has since become a milestone of speculative fiction. The brilliance of the book lies not only in its telling but also in its imaginative projection of a mindset for early humans. Capitalizing on his recognized ability to understand animals, Jack London paints an arresting and dark portrait of how our distant ancestors thought about themselves and their world.

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