(Probably found) long lost book:post apocalyptic feel with appearances by knights, midgets and...Elvis


New Member
Jan 2, 2011
Hi all

I have been searching a while to re-find a book I read a long while ago, which was checked out from the library about 10 years ago. I have exhausted my Google skills searching for this odd book I am longing to re-read. My guess is that the book was written in the late 70s or 80s.

A few points of summary:

-The setting is is a vaguely post-apocalyptic world, where the structure of the world is disassociating into gray mist. The world is being held together by failing technology.

-The unlikely protagonist is carefree/insurgent male, possibly named Billy (this may be completely wrong), who has a sidekick.

-Much of the world is barren and void, except for an elite and degenerate aristocracy living in opulence in cities. I have vague recollection of a hintedly-incestuous brother and sister team here. Ageing technology allowed them to, amongst other things, clone midgets which they cruelly killed for their own amusement and that of their friends. A cloned Elvis and other historical personae also appear at a dinner.

-Some possibly cloned barbarians (or knights?) fight the protagonist in some green hills at some point (with spears?)

-The end of the book reveals that the same failing technology holding the world together can be used to fabricate weapons and defences on a national scale and there is some kind of hint that this is the cause for the dissolving world.

I realize this might sound like a pretty silly summary, but there as something about the novel that makes me want to read it again - it is driving me crazy!

Many thanks for any help in advance - I have just found this forum and it looks fantastic.


Fierce Vowelless One
Apr 25, 2003
Help! I'm stuck in the forums!
Re: long lost book:post apocalyptic feel with appearances by knights, midgets and...E

It certainly sounds interesting but isn't anything I've read before. Hopefully someone else will chime in with the answer.


Well-Known Member
Aug 18, 2022
This was answered on the scifi.stackexchange forums as Mick Farren’s DNA Cowboys book series 1976-1977.