From the back of the 1983 Magnum edition
Earth in the twenty first century was a shifting shadowy and dangerous world. Most people were content merely to survive, and to grab what little pleasure they could. But there were others who cunningly played the game of world mastery. Among them were the outstandingly beautiful woman who had ruled the White House for nearly a century, the worlds last practising psychiatrist, a psychokinetic pianist, the time traveller, the 'chuppers: and the simulacra. . .