Eyers, John (SURVIVORS: BBC tv series)
Title Survivors: Genesis Of A Hero.
Book Condition Fine copy in a VG dustjacket with edge wear and several short closed tears.
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicholson: London. 1977.
0297773364 / 9780297773368
Seller ID 42759
Dystopian sf novel, the second (and last spin-off novel from the BBC tv series SURVIVORS (1975-1977). Uncommon UK hardcover, and VERY uncommon not to be in ex-library condition.
''UK tv series (1975-1977). BBC TV. Created by Terry Nation (who also wrote seven episodes in season 1), produced by Terence Dudley, and ran for three seasons (38 50-minute episodes in total), all in colour. The post-Holocaust novel is a particularly UK subgenre of sf, and so it is not surprising that the theme's first significant appearance on television should come from the BBC. The accidental release of a deadly virus kills almost everyone; in the UK only about 7000 people are left alive. SURVIVORS follows the adventures of small groups of mostly middle-class survivors, their efforts to cope without technology and their encounters with other, less sympathetic groups. The main characters include a housewife (Carolyn Seymour), a secretary (Lucy Fleming), an engineer (Ian McCulloch) and an architect (Denis Lill). Initial gloom is gradually replaced by rather too cosy an atmosphere, with aspects of a rural paradise - not only have all those smelly cities disappeared, but also the working classes. The subtext involves a very English political myth (which in literature goes back beyond Richard Jefferies's After London, 1885] about the strengths of a life lived close to the land. The overnight disappearance of technology and in particular the shortage of petrol are never adequately rationalized. Nation's partial novelization is The Survivors (1976); SURVIVORS: GENESIS OF A HERO (1977) by John Eyers, carries the action forward into a grim post-Holocaust world, and to the near triumph of a dystopian tyranny'' (John Brosnan & Peter Nicholls/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).