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Science FictionEdit

MicrobialEdit

AEdit
BEdit
  • Black Oil, a.k.a.Black Cancer, a.k.a. Purity (alien virus living underground in oil deposits) - X-Files universe
  • Blister Fever - Kameron Hurley's novel God's War, p. 86
  • Blueskin plague - Murray Leinster's novel This World is Taboo fill text
  • Boneitis - Futurama
CEdit
DEdit
  • Dorian Gray syndrome - Kim Stanley Robinson's novel 2312, p. 361
EEdit
  • Ebola B - Johnny Fincham's novel While the God's Sleep
  • Evolve (virus) - Tim Lebbon's novel London's Eye (Toxic City series)
FEdit
  • Fansel Grass Fever (bovine) - Andre Norton's novel Plague Ship
  • Fleischman's Disease - Frederick Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth's novel The Space Merchants
  • Flood - Greg Bear's Cryptum: The Forernner Saga (Halo universe)
  • the Fear - Robert Holdstock's novel Eye Among the Blind
GEdit
HEdit
  • Hand of God - Jerry Oltion's short story "The Last of Lust in Analog, October 2011
  • Helico Virus - Brian W. Aldiss's Helliconia Trilogy, Helliconia Winter, p. 76
  • Hypersomic Plague (virus) - Spider Robinson's novel Telempath
IEdit
  • Intestinal Bodyguard (genetically engineering organism goes rogue) - Mira Grant's novel Parasite (Parasitology Volume 1)
JEdit
  • Jakarta Pandemic - Steven Konkoly's novel The Jakarta Pandemic
  • Juedenvirus - John C. Wright's novel Count to a Trillion
  • JUVE virus - Margaret Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake
KEdit
LEdit
  • Ledgerton Virus - David Gerrold's short story "How We Saved the Human Race" in his collection With a Finger in My I
  • Lebruachuanarrhea - Zapp Dingbat episode of Futurama. July 11, 2012
  • Leninger's Disease - David Brin's novel Existence , p. 346
MEdit
  • Marburg Red - Ramez Naam's novel Nexus, pp. 75-76
  • Martian Fever - Arthur C. Clarke's novel The Sands of Mars, p. 111
  • Merovian Plague - John Scalzi's novel Redshirts
  • mutAIDS - John Barnes's novel The Sky So Big and Black
NEdit
  • N5S-virus - Nihei Tsutomu's Biomega manga
  • NARVIK (strains A and B) - Helix (Syfy)
  • Newpox - Katy Stauber's novel Revolution World
  • Noakes Syndrome - David Brin's novel Existence, p. 346
OEdit
PEdit
  • Pavirus, a.k.a. D-Pav vurus - Charles E. Gannon's novel Fire With Fire, p. 210.
  • Pestilence of the Jihad - John C. Wright's novel Count to a Trillion, p. 4
  • Phoebe bug - James S.A. Corey's novel Leviathan Awakes
  • plague four - Johnny Fincham's novel While the God's Sleep
  • plague five - Johnny Fincham's novel While the God's Sleep
  • pseudo-polio - M. John Harrison's novel Empty Space: A Haunting, brief reference, p. 187
REdit
  • R-Strain Syphilis - Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale
  • Rage - 28 Days Later 2002 film
  • Red Death - Edgar Allen Poe's novel Masque of the Red Death
SEdit
  • Scarlet Plague - Jack London's novel The Scarlet Plague
  • St. Mary's - V for Vendetta 2006 film
  • Strep Five Virus - Johnny Fincham's novel While the God's Sleep
  • Silent Untreated Disease Syndrome, a.k.a. SUDS - Brian W. Aldiss's Helliconia Trilogy, Helliconia Winter, p.99
TEdit
  • Transcription Divergence Syndrome - Daryl Gregory's novel The Devil's Alphabet
  • Tritonian Hypermalaria - "Dr. John Zoidberg, "M"D*" episode of Futurama August 19, 2011
VEdit
  • Venus Particle - Douglas Preston's novel Tyrannosaur Canyon
  • Venusian flu - Kim Stanley Robinson's novel 2312, p. 203
  • Virus QQ - Larry Niven's novel Protector
WEdit
  • Waterless Flood - Margaret Atwood's novel The Year of the Flood
  • White Disease - Karel Capek's play The White Plague
  • White Plague - Frank Herbert's novel The White Plague
  • White Plague - Dale Pendell's novel The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse
XEdit
  • Xavier's Plague - James Morrow's 1990 novel City of Truth, p. 25
YEdit
ZEdit
  • Zeta-Three (bacteria) - Larry Niven's novel Protector

FungalEdit

  • Gill Blight - James L. Cambias's novel A Darkling Sea, p. 314
  • Tailored Rice Blast - John Barnes's novel The Sky So Big and Black

GeneticEdit

  • Golem (fibrodysplasia variant caused by an intentionally dispersed single point retroviral) - Peter Watts' novel Blindsight, pp. 291-292
  • Gorman's Syndrome (genetic) - David Marusek's novel Mind Over Ship, p. 304
  • Z-Factor Deficiency - Katy Stauber's novel Revolution World

PsychiatricEdit

  • Denver Madness - John Brunner's novel The Sheep look Up, (caused by leaks of dumped military chemical warfare agents), p. 443
  • line-sickness (caused by crowding in queues) - John Hersey's novel My Petition For More Space
  • Rip van Winkle's Disease (depression caused by extreme longevity) - Kim Stanley Robinson's novel Icehenge, pp. 139-140
  • rock-happy - Robert A. Heinlein's novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Solitosis - Hallucination Orbit X-Minus radio program
  • space-whirly or whirlies - Andre Norton's novel Plague Ship
  • The Disease - Robert Sheckley's "Carrier" in William F. Nolan's short story collection A Wilderness of Stars
  • Wendigo Psychosis

UncertainEdit

  • Chronic Worry Syndrome - Sealab 2021 animated telelvision series
  • Garfield Syndrome - "Dr. John Zoidberg, "M"D*" episode of Futurama August 19, 2011
  • Gulf Syndrome - Matt Ruff's novel The Mirage, pp, 270-271
  • the Lassitude - Matthew Hughes's novel Black Brillion, Archonate universe
  • Yetiism - "Dr. John Zoidberg, "M"D*" episode of Futurama August 19, 2011

UnnamedEdit

  • Unnamed bird flu mutation in Contagion 2011 film
  • Unnamed combat virus - The Crazies 1973 film
  • Unnamed computer/biological virus described as an "artifact outbreak" - "Lovesick" episode of Warehoue 13 July 25, 2011
  • Unnamed infection in Apollo 18
  • Unnamed virus in Carnosaur 1993 film
  • Unnamed virus that causes premature aging and intellectual deterioration - David Dvorkin's novel Budspy, p. 253
  • Unnamed genetically engineered mutation of rabies - Ben Bova's novel Leviathans of Jupiter, p. 100
  • Unnamed microbe in Twelve Monkeys 1995 film
  • The Diary of Juhzoh Okita, Exobiologist (extraterrestrial microbe accidentally released from the Hayabusa asteroid-sample capsule]
  • Unnamed biological warfare agent that kills men but not women - Marcel Theroux's novel Far North
  • Unnamed wasting disease - Mike Resnick's A Miracle of Rare Resign, p. 229

Non-Science Fiction or Not Quite Science Fiction FictionEdit

  • Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton's novel The Andromeda Strain
  • Benghazi Flu - defeated Republican former U.S. Representative from Florida Allen West
  • Back Mumps - First Chang Dynasty episode of Community television series, May 17, 2012.
  • Brain Cloud - Joe and the Volcano 1990 film
  • Brain Pox - Richard Preston's novel The Cobra Event
  • Black Trump Virus - George R. R. Martin's novel Wild Cards
  • Canasyphilaids - High Risk Behavior Brickleberry premiere
  • Chatterton Syndrome - 30 Rock Live TV episode, April 26, 2012
  • Captain Trips (a.k.a. superflu, the rales, Tube Neck, Project Blue and A-Prime) -Stephen King's novel The Stand
  • Emysphilia - prank by John Behan
  • Gastric Flu - "Frozen Yoghurt", episode 2, season 1 of Veep HBO comedy television series
  • Heinsbergen Syndrome - The Royal Tannenbaums 2001 film, Facebook Page for disease
  • Hepatitis E - Episode 308 of New Rules Real Time with Bill Maher February 21, 2014.
  • Hyperactive Libido Syndrome - The People vs. Martin Sugar episode of American Dad, Season 7, Episode 7, December 5, 2010.
  • Hypernarcissosis - "Celebrity Impressionists" episode of Community
  • ill wind (a.k.a. October project; a.k.a. Sera-Flu vaccine) - James Lilliefors's novel Viral
  • Morbid Halitosis - Halitosis Kidz South Park episode, Season 16
  • Morgollons - Internet borne myth
  • Motaba - Outbreak 1995 film
  • NAM37 - The Patriot 1998 film
  • October project (a.k.a. ill wind; a.k.a. Sera-Flu vaccine) - James Lilliefors's novel Viral
  • O.L.D. - 30 Rock Live TV episode, April 26, 2012
  • Plague of Insomnia - Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Sera-Flue vaccine (a.k.a. October project; a.k.a. ill wind) - James Lilliefors's novel Viral, p. 217
  • Skittles Pox - Skittles advertisement
  • white sickness (epidemic blindness) - José Saramago's novels Blindness and Seeing
  • X-T Virus - Beavis and Butthead Do America 1996 film

Popular ScienceEdit

  • ManeM aeslinger (moon measles) - Influenza fra universet, unlabeled magazine clipping dated 24 June 1960, Box 26, Lederberg Papers, cited in Audra J. Wolfe Germs in Space: Joshua Lederberg, Exobiology, and the Public Imagination, 1958-1964. Isis, vol. 93, no. 2 (Jun., 2002), pp. 183-205
  • Marts Influenza (Mars flu) - Influenza fra universet, unlabeled magazine clipping dated 24 June 1960, Box 26, Lederberg Papers, cited in Audra J. Wolfe Germs in Space: Joshua Lederberg, Exobiology, and the Public Imagination, 1958-1964. Isis, vol. 93, no. 2 (Jun., 2002), pp. 183-205
  • Venus Vorter (Venus warts) - Influenza fra universet, unlabeled magazine clipping dated 24 June 1960, Box 26, Lederberg Papers, cited in Audra J. Wolfe Germs in Space: Joshua Lederberg, Exobiology, and the Public Imagination, 1958-1964. Isis, vol. 93, no. 2 (Jun., 2002), pp. 183-205

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