A TOWERING TESTAMENT OF HEROISM AND HUMAN SURVIVAL
He was a survivor—a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war.
Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.Bantam - Nov 1985 1st Printing
"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 institutions of the nation survive. A provisional government is vigorously moving to restore law, public safety and liberty once more to this beloved land..."
This is a story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth—of a man who became a figure of legend. It begins only a few short years from now in the dark ages 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 others come to join him, supported by the strength of a vision he himself only half-believed.
This is the story of a lie that became that most powerful kind of truth. A timeless novel as urgently compelling as Warday or Alas, Babylon, David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction.
"The Postman will keep you engrossed until you've finished the last page."—Chicago Tribune
"A moving experience.. a powerful cautionary tale."—Whitley StrieberBantam - Nov 1985 1st Printing
The Postman, a dramatically moving fable of courage, heroism and hope—as urgently compelling as War Day or Alas, Babylon—is a major work which confirms Brin as equal to the foremost authors of popular fiction writing today.
A chronicle of violence and humanity, fear and hope, cruelty and love, The Postman is a moving, triumphant story of one man's heroic dedication to lift mankind from a new dark age.