"In a few short centuries, industrial civilisation had spread from the western fringes of Eurasia to spawl across the face of the planet. Plundering the soil of its riches, fouling the air, and remolding life forms at will, this gargantuan industrial society had already peaked a thousand years after its foundation: ahead lay abrupt and violent decline. The cities burned, welling up as clouds of poison in the war remembered as the Seven Days Of Fire. The complex and sophisticated technological superstructure was lost; almost all the surface of the Earth was transformed into a sterile wasteland. Industrial civilisation was never rebuilt as mankind lived on through the long Twilight Years..."  [1]

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  1. DE1a pg 3

a See Page Conversions Between Editions to convert Deluxe Edition volume 1 (DE1) to other editions

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