The People of the Ruins

The People of the Ruins

by Edward Shanks, Tom Hodgkinson
     
 

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Trapped in a London laboratory during a worker uprising in 1924, ex-artillery officer and physics instructor Jeremy Tuft awakens 150 years later — in a neo-medieval society whose inhabitants have forgotten how to build or operate machinery. Not only have his fellow Londoners forgotten most of what humankind used to know, before civilization collapsed, but they

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Trapped in a London laboratory during a worker uprising in 1924, ex-artillery officer and physics instructor Jeremy Tuft awakens 150 years later — in a neo-medieval society whose inhabitants have forgotten how to build or operate machinery. Not only have his fellow Londoners forgotten most of what humankind used to know, before civilization collapsed, but they don’t particularly care to re-learn any of it. Though he is at first disconcerted by the failure of his own era’s smug doctrine of Progress, Tuft eventually decides that post-civilized life is simpler, more peaceful. That is, until northern English and Welsh tribes threaten London — at which point he sets about reinventing weapons of mass destruction.

Shanks's post-apocalyptic novel, a pessimistic satire on Wellsian techno-utopian novels, was first published in 1920.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935869580
Publisher:
Cursor
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Edward Shanks (1892-1953) was an English writer, critic and poet, known for his war poems. He served in the British Army during World War I. The People of the Ruins (1920) is his best-known science-fiction novel.

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