Jim LeMay


Jim LeMay is from Missouri, the land of Mark Twain, Edwin Hubble, Walter Cronkite, Robert A. Heinlein, Yogi Berra and many other notable Americans. He has worked at many of the same jobs, professions and avocations as the people in his novels – bartender, tavern owner, homebrewer, land surveyor, civil engineer and land developer – and a few things they have not: author, copyediter, commercial artist and others best forgotten. He currently lives in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area.

Smashwords Interview

I understand your first novel, The Shadow of Armageddon, is the first in a post-apocalyptic series. What makes it different from other such novels?
First of all, I’m not crazy about the term “post-apocalyptic.” It implies the prediction of imminent and universal destruction, often with religious connotations. I prefer to think of my novels as end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it. Unlike other such books Armageddon does not rely on Last Man themes, invented diseases or (shudder) zombies. The disaster is indeed caused by an illness but not by a virus which we all love to fear, a highly unlikely possibility. Armageddon describes an extant disease that is vicious and increasingly virulent. True, Connie Willis’ great novel, Doomsday Book, concerns an actual disease but her protagonist had to travel almost 650 years into the past to confront it.
If this is an existing disease and it’s so dangerous, why haven’t we heard about it?
You have. It is antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The news is full of articles concerning the many forms it takes: MRSA (methecillin-resistant Staphlycoccus aureus), enterococcus, MDR-tuberculosis and many others. In the first novel, in 2072 a bacterial infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics kills 80 to 90% of the earth’s population. No one knows exactly how many died. Too few people survived to maintain civilization, let alone keep track of the death rate. Many of those who remain succumb to starvation, disease or violence.
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Where to find Jim LeMay online


Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 133,490. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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Jack Mors turns 18 in the 677th year of the dark, violent age following a devastating pandemic. As the mysterious thief and prankster called the Shadow, he moves smoothly between the City’s criminals and aristocracy, owing allegiance to neither. But staying aloof doesn’t keep evil and good from stalking him. Murder claims a benefactor though his unborn child will enjoy great wealth.
Shadow Jack
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 134,410. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 2072 a mysterious disease sweeps the world, killing nearly everyone. Civilization collapses. A long Dark Age of ignorance and superstition ensues. In the 676th year after the pandemic, Jack, an orphan boy, makes his precarious living as the mysterious thief called the Shadow. His life becomes even more dangerous as he is drawn inexorably into a centuries-old search for a lost cache of gold.
The Shadow of Armageddon
Price: Free! Words: 131,150. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In 2072 a deadly disease sweeps the world, killing nearly everyone. Governments and civilization disintegrate. Twelve years later, Matt Pringle’s scroungers meet John Moore, an intelligent orphan boy attracted to the adventurous life he imagines they lead. Matt cannot dissuade him from joining the gang even though death’s shadow stalks it. A larger rival gang chases them across their empty world.
A Shadow Over the Afterworld
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 149,950. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
In 2072 the ancient war between mankind and bacteria clash in a worldwide pandemic which kills nearly everyone it infects. Civilization and governments collapse. Gang member John Moore and Mayor’s daughter Alicia Coleridge, despite their very disparate backgrounds, must find out how to adapt to each other and to this new empty, unsympathetic world which many have come to call the Afterworld.

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Latest book: A Planet Of One's Own. Pre-release—available January 10, 2019.