0553278746 New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Radical Pacific Northwest Independent Booksellers! Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 336 p. Bantam Classics. Audience: General/trade. Postman (1985), is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by David Brin. A drifter stumbles across the uniform of an old United States Postal Service letter carrier and gives hope to a community threatened by local warlords with empty promises of aid from the "Restored United States of America". first two parts were published separately as "Postman" (1982) and "Cyclops" (1984). Both were nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novella. completed novel was awarded first prize in the John W. Campbell Award's for the best science fiction novel of the year in 1986,  and won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel that same year.  It was also nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel. It has been stated[by whom? ] that the impetus for the novel was as a statement against the survivalist movements in the western United States in the early 1980s.
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This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth. A timeless novel as urgently compelling as "War Day" 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.
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.