12 Books About Pandemics: Novels for people who find it oddly soothing to read about plagues #SciFiSunday

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This list of wonderful books from Electric Literature isn’t meant to stir up panic. In fact, the intent is quite the opposite.

As the world struggles to come to terms with the growing COVID-19 crisis, many of us are turning to fiction as a way of understanding the scope of the danger—and, perhaps paradoxically, a way of finding comfort. If the last thing you want to think about right now is global epidemic disease, we get that! But novels can also help people wrap their heads around something that may seem too big and scary to process. If you feel like you’re living in the first pages of a post-apocalyptic story, these books about historical and speculative future pandemics might help you feel less alone. Pick one up, and then wash your hands.

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