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The Last Canadian by William C. Heine
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The fiction debut of William C. Heine, editor of Ontario’s London Free Press, it came out in 1974 from Paperjacks “The Canadian Paperback company.” It’s an end-of-the-world novel that is essentially a maple-flavored version of Stephen King’s The Stand and it’s supposedly the basis for the Steven Seagal movie, The Patriot, even though they have almost nothing in common besides a super-plague. It is also a cause of great consternation among the few people who’ve read it because the main character is neither the last of anything, nor Canadian.

Eugene Arnipoor is an engineer living in Montreal when a plague appears in the United States and, like power ballads and anti-piracy bills, eventually spreads into Canada. It’s one of those diseases invented by impatient authors that kills everyone who comes into contact with it in about 20 minutes. On top of that, it’s airborne and moves faster than Fedex. You can be standing 50 feet away from someone who’s infected and suddenly — whammo! — you’re on the ground dead so the plot can keep moving. No awkward and prolonged symptomatic period here.

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