It started in 1981, the year atomic testing in space got out of hand. Slowly the truth dawns: Man has induced sterility in his own kind. Civilisation, childness, crumbles inexorably. In scattered little self-contained communities the old comfort the old. Outside these enclaves Nature comes back into its own, burying the cities and roads in a riot of vegetation, peopling the land with burgeoning new animal life.
Through this strange wildrness Greybeard and his wife Martha journey in search of hope. And hope, of a sort, they find - with the fantastic Jingadangelow and his strange mission. Butis it possible that the new Dawn of Man holds sinister possibilites fo the remnants of the old order?
AUTHOR: Brian Aldiss