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John Jude Palencar
Science Fiction Book Club edition: 1998 hardcover (to match the Bantam reissue edition of November 1997; copyright is 1985.) Cover art by John Jude Palencar, 274 pages. Condition is Fine (-) in a near-Fine dustjacket: tight and almost square, the slight bumping to spine top with a 1/8" tear (corners are sharp); age tanning is negligable. Unclipped DJ has no tears; back cover has some scuffing wear. No stamps, marks or writing.
David Brin's The Postman, which was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards.
TO ALL CITIZENS: Let it be known by all now living within the legal boundaries of the United States of America that the people and fundamental intitutions of the nation survive. A provisional government is vigorously moving to restore public law, public safety and liberty once more to this beloved land...
This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth - of a man who became figure of legend. It begins only a few short years from now in the dark days after a limited but devastating war; as a handful of men and women who remain battle disease and hunger, fear and brutality in their struggle to survive. Gordon Krantz is one such man, an itinerant storyteller who lives by performing the classics in the villages of the Northwest. One night, Gordon borrows the jacket and bag of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. In the next village he visits, he finds the old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope for the return of an age now gone. Unwilling to disillusion the villagers, Gordon accepts their letters to loved ones who may or may not still live, and in doing so creates his greatest tale, of an America on the road to recovery. As he travels westward, his deception takes on a reality of its own, as other come to join him, supported by the strength of a vision he himself only half-believed.
This is a "fix-up" novel incorporating versions of the novellas "The Postman" and "Cyclops" (from Isaac Asimov's 1982, 1984) as Parts 1 and 2. Both were Hugo Award nominees. Part 3 is original to the book, and makes up about half the length.
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