Theodore Savage

Theodore Savage - Radium Age

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When war breaks out in Europe, British civilization collapses overnight. The ironically named protagonist must learn to survive by his wits in a new Britain. When we first meet Savage, he is a complacent civil servant, primarily concerned with romancing his girlfriend. During the brief war, in which both sides use population displacement as a terrible strategic weapon, Savage must battle his fellow countrymen. He shacks up with an ignorant young woman in a forest hut-a kind of inverse Garden of Eden, where no one is happy. Eventually, he sets off in search of other survivors . . . only to discover a primitive society where science and technology have come to be regarded with superstitious awe and terror. A pioneering feminist, Hamilton offers a warning about the degraded state of modern women, who-being "unhandy, unresourceful, superficial"-would suffer a particularly sad fate in a postapocalyptic social order. Series Overview: Under the direction of Joshua Glenn, the MIT Press's Radium Age is reissuing notable proto-science fiction stories from the underappreciated era between 1900 and 1935. In these forgotten classics, science fiction readers will discover the origins of enduring tropes like robots (berserk or benevolent), tyrannical supermen, dystopian wastelands, sinister telepaths, and eco-catastrophes. With new contributions by historians, science journalists, and science fiction authors, the Radium Age book series will recontextualize the breakthroughs and biases of these proto-science fiction classics, and chart the emergence of a burgeoning genre.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262545228
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.912
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20220415
Language: English
Number of pages: xxi, 251
Weight: 296g
Height: 134mm
Width: 201mm
Spine width: 37mm