After a worldwide plague breaks civilization, Joaquin Smith and his sister build an empire up the Mississippi Valley. Who would be brave or foolish enough to stand in their way? Who but a young backwoodsman named Hull Tarvish? Dawn of Flame" was written in the year 1939 by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum. This book is one of the most popular novels of Stanley Grauman Weinbaum, and has been translated into several other languages around the world. After his death, Weinbaum became science fiction's first cult author"; Dawn of Flame" appeared as the title piece of a 1936 memorial story collection, while The Black Flame" was the lead feature in the January 1939 debut issue of Startling Stories.