Story summary.A US soldier is a prisoner of war of Japan near the end of WWII, held captive somewhere in China. From a fellow prisoner, he learns Tibetan "self-hypnotism", & goes into hibernation to avoid questioning.
War ends. A bombing raid destroyed his prison, & entombed him. No one finds him. There he lay hibernating for eons.
Eventually, he wakes into a future where continents don't look familiar & stars aren't familiar. Humans have since fallen to savagery, & again built a civilization, but historical trauma has made it impossible for them to conceive weapons, though they can build all other kinds of gadgets.
A would be dictator would see an opportunity when our hero comes into his time...
Fact sheet.First published: Thrilling Wonder Stories, September 1945.
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Related: Stories of Henry Kuttner.