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Old 04-25-2020, 01:58 AM
Location: The edge of the world and all of Western civilization
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To add a few in which viruses feature at least somewhat prominently even if they aren't the main part of the story (plus some quotes):

Some new creature, invisible to the naked eye, was eating up all the eggs in human ovaries, starting at the annual Book Fair at Frankfurt, Germany. Women at the fair were experiencing a slight fever, which came and went in a day or two, and sometimes blurry vision. After that, they would be just like Mary Hepburn: They couldn't have babies anymore. Nor would any way be discovered for stopping this disease. It would spread practically everywhere. The near extinction of mighty land tortoises by little rodents was certainly a David-and-Goliath story. Now here was another one.
-from Galápagos, by Kurt Vonnegut

...dead!—slain by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their systems were unprepared; slain as the red weed was being slain; slain, after all man’s devices had failed, by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put upon this earth...These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things—taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle...
-from War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

Yet not as it had done in the East, where, if any bled at the nose, it was a manifest sign of inevitable death; nay, but in men and women alike there appeared, at the beginning of the malady, certain swellings, either on the groin or under the armpits, whereof some waxed of the bigness of a common apple, others like unto an egg, some more and some less, and these the vulgar named plague-boils. From these two parts the aforesaid death-bearing plague-boils proceeded, in brief space, to appear and come indifferently in every part of the body...
-from The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio (interestingly, this book shows social distancing was a thing about 700 years ago)

PRIOR I: ...The little things you swallow...
PRIOR: Pills.
PRIOR I: Pills. For the pestilence. I too...
PRIOR: Pestilence...You too what?
PRIOR I: The pestilence in my time was much worse than now. Whole villages of empty houses. You could look outdoors and see Death walking in the morning, dew dampening the ragged hem of his black robe. Plain as I see you now.
PRIOR: You died of the plague.
PRIOR I: The spotty monster. Like you, alone.

-from Angels in America, by Tony Kushner (in context, Prior is the main character and this is a visitation by the ghost of a deceased ancestor, Prior I, who lived during the Black Death)
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Old 04-25-2020, 05:07 AM
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Ok how about these 2:

As Bright As Heaven

Year of Wonders


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