In his short story AFTER THE PLAGUE T.C. Boyle deals with the literary topic of ‘The last of the race’. As a rule stories on the last of the race will end with a man and a woman meeting thus making sure mankind will continue. Boyle’s plot is rather spicy since his couple among the last of the race won’t match at all. Nonetheless he’s uttering:
‘…and I think you know what I’m talking about… Procreation I mean. If you look at it in a certain way, it’s – well, it’s our duty.”
Will she, who doesn’t like him – and vice versa – give in on behalf of the duty? Not at all:
‘I had my tubes tied fifteen years ago.’
Soon afterwards the male hero is to meet another woman with Boyle keeping us in the dark on the future of humankind.