The Scarlet Plague cover

The Scarlet Plague

Jack London

1. 01 – Chapter 01
2. 02 – Section 02
3. 03 – Section 03
4. 04 – Section 04
5. 05 – Section 05
6. 06 – Section 06

(*) Your listen progress will be continuously saved. Just bookmark and come back to this page and continue where you left off.


Known mainly for his tales of adventure, this work of science fiction by Jack London is set in a post-apocalyptic future. It’s 2072, sixty years after the scarlet plague has depopulated the planet. James Howard Smith is one of the few survivors of the pre-plague era left alive in the San Francisco area, and as he realizes his time grows short, he tries to impart the value of knowledge and wisdom to his grandsons. Through his narrative, we learn how the plague spread throughout the world and of the struggles of the handful of survivors it left in its wake.The Scarlet Plague was originally published in London Magazine in 1912.