The Human Drift by Jack London. The Human Drift by Jack London is a classic collection of tales from one of America's best loved and most respected authors, a great addition to any Jack London collection. A collection of eight very different short stories by Jack London. The title story, “The Human Drift”, describes the ebb and flow of the world's population over the centuries, highlighting the effect of war and disease on checking the numbers. He talks about sailing on San Francisco Bay in “Small-Boat Sailing” and finishes with two humorous plays, “A Wicked Woman”' and “The Birth Mark”.