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By Walter M. Miller Jr.

ISBN-10: 0060892994

ISBN-13: 9780060892999

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for most sensible Novel and broadly certainly one of the main finished, strong, and enduring classics of recent speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a real landmark of twentieth-century literature -- a chilling and still-provocative examine a post-apocalyptic destiny.

In a nightmarish ruined global slowly awakening to the sunshine after napping in darkness, the child rediscoveries of technological know-how are secretly nourished by way of cloistered priests devoted to the research and protection of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From right here the tale spans centuries of lack of expertise, violence, and barbarism, viewing via a pointy, satirical eye the relentless development of a human race damned by way of its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous error. heavily humorous, lovely, and tragic, forever clean, imaginitive, and altogether impressive, A Canticle for Leibowitz keeps its skill to enthrall and amaze. it really is now, because it consistently has been, a masterpiece.

A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic technological know-how fiction novel via American Walter M. Miller, Jr., first released in 1960. in line with 3 brief tales Miller contributed to the technology fiction journal The journal of fable and technological know-how Fiction; it's the in simple terms novel released through the writer in the course of his lifetime. one in every of the classics of technology fiction, it hasn't ever been out of print and has visible over 25 reprints and variations. attractive to mainstream and style critics and readers alike, it received the 1961 Hugo Award for top technological know-how fiction novel.

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It's not foolproof, but it works to some degree. " Francis glanced at Brother Sarl, who was an octogenarian and nearly blind. " the apprentice asked. "About forty years," said Brother Homer. " Francis nodded thoughtfully. "If one page per decade could be restored, maybe in a few centuries--" "Even less," croaked Brother Sarl without looking up from his work. "The more you fill in, the faster the remainder goes. I'll get the next page done in a couple of years. After that, God willing, maybe--" His voice tapered off into a mumble.

His Holiness . . "Yes. Now, we're sending the original Leibowitz blueprint to the Vatican. " "Uh," said Francis. The abbot revived him, blessed him, called him a good simpleton, and sent him to pack his bindlestiff.

We really have enough evidence. There are several spontaneous cures--several cases of instantaneous recovery from illness caused by the intercession of the Beatus. They're simple, matter of fact, and well documented. They're what cases for canonization are built on. Of course they lack the poetry of this story, but I'm almost glad it's unfounded--glad for your sake. " "I never said anything like--" "I understand, I understand! It all started because of the shelter. " Francis brightened. " monsignor corrected.

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