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The People of the Ruins

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The People of the Ruins

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Author: Edward Shanks
Publisher: HiLoBooks, 2012
Frederick A. Stokes, 1920

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Trapped in a London laboratory during a worker uprising in 1924, scientist and ex-artilleryman Jeremy Tuft awakens 150 years later — on the eve of a new Dark Age! Though dismayed by the realization that his own era's faith in the inevitability of progress was a shibboleth, Tuft decides that pre-modern life is simpler, more peaceful. That is, until half-savage northern English and Welsh tribes invade London... at which point he sets about reinventing twentieth century weapons of mass destruction.

Shanks' proto-Idiocracy satire on William Morris-esque utopias was first published in 1920.


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