When war breaks out in Europe modern, aerial war whose tactics include displacing entire populations British civilization collapses overnight. The ironically named Theodore Savage, an educated and idle civil servant, must learn to survive by his wits in a new Britain
one where science and technology swiftly come to be regarded with superstitious awe and terror.
The book by a women’s rights activist often remembered today for her polemical plays, tracts and treatises was first published in 1922.
Cicely Hamilton (1872–1952) was an Anglo-Irish novelist, dramatist, and campaigner for women's rights who served during WWI with an ambulance unit and at a military hospital in France. Her plays include Diana of Dobson's (1908) and How the Vote was Won (1909); her 1909 treatise Marriage as a Trade is a witty criticism of that institution. The dystopian Theodore Savage is her only science fiction novel.
Gary Panter won three Emmy awards for his set designs for Pee-Wee's Playhouse. His artistic activity includes the science fiction comics Jimbo and Dal Tokyo, painting, prose, music, and light shows. He teaches at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.