Schools in my area of the U.S. are shutting down because kids and staff are too ill to work. My oldest was just sent home sick, even though she’s not overly sick, because the nurse is understandably twitchy about keeping everyone contagion free. I wouldn’t say that anyone is hysterical about the whole thing — we Northeasterners are not known for our flights into hysteria because we learned a lesson after the whole Salem witch debacle — but we are keeping a firm eye on the situation.
Which, of course, doesn’t concern you at all, really, unless you live nearby. But it did get me to thinking about great genre books about pandemics. The first that leap to my mind is King’s The Stand. The second was Willis’ gorgeous The Doomsday Book. I couldn’t come up with a third, however. Or, at least, not one that I’d recommend.
So I thought I’d toss it out to you. What are the great genre books about pandemics?