Jack London is most famous for stories of adventure and for social commentary. But he was also a science fiction writer. In fact, the first paycheck he ever received as a writer was for his story “A Thousand Deaths”, about a mad scientist who kills and resurrects his son, which was published by The Black Cat in 1899. He wrote fifteen short stories that contain some science fiction or speculative fiction element.
In “The Red One”, a scientist discovers a tribe of people who worship a giant red sphere that seems to come from outer space. n “A Relic from the Pliocene”, a man in the northern wilds discovers a real-life wooly mammoth”The Shadow and the Flash” is about brother who are bitter rivals, and who race each other to develop a means of invisibility. “The Unparrelled Invasion” is about germ warfare. In most of his stores, the peril is human in origin, with mad scientists and unstoppable weapons abounding. There were apocalyptic scenarios, dystopias and utopias.
London’s science fiction short stories have been collected under the title The Science Fiction of Jack London.