By Walter M. Miller Jr.

ISBN-10: 0060892994

ISBN-13: 9780060892999

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for most sensible Novel and commonly one of the main comprehensive, robust, 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 snoozing in darkness, the baby rediscoveries of technology are secretly nourished by means of cloistered clergymen devoted to the examine and upkeep of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From the following the tale spans centuries of lack of know-how, violence, and barbarism, viewing via a pointy, satirical eye the relentless development of a human race damned by means of its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous blunders. heavily humorous, gorgeous, and tragic, without end clean, imaginitive, and altogether notable, A Canticle for Leibowitz keeps its skill to enthrall and amaze. it really is now, because it continuously has been, a masterpiece.

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

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On the following day, Francis unpacked his quills, dyes, gold leaf, and resumed his labor on the illuminated diagram. 9 A few months after the departure of Monsignor Aguerra, there came a second donkey train--with a full complement of clerks and armed guards for defense against highwaymen, mutant maniacs, and rumored dragons--to the abbey from New Rome. This time the expedition was headed by a monsignor with small horns and pointy fangs, who announced that he was charged with the duty of opposing the canonization of the Blessed Leibowitz, and that he had come to investigate--and perhaps fix responsibility for, he hinted--certain incredible and hysterical rumors which had filtered out of the abbey and lamentably reached even the gates of New Rome.

It is the name of the diagram which lies before your eyes, Brother Simpleton. " "Very little, I'm sure," said Brother Jeris with mock humility. "Forgive my density, please. You have successfully defined the name by pointing to the creature named, which is truly the meaning of the name. But now the creaturediagram itself represents something, does it not? " Jeris laughed. "Quite clear! Eloquent! If the creature is the name, then the name is the creature. 'Equals may be substituted for equals,' or 'The order of an equality is reversible,' but may we proceed to the next axiom?

Keep at it, and you may learn how. Then we'd have the 'electron' in our midst, wouldn't we? Whatever would we do with it? " "All right," Francis sighed, "I don't know. " chuckled the iconoclast, and returned to his work. The sporadic teasing of Brother Jeris saddened Francis, but did nothing to lessen his devotion to his project. The exact duplication of every mark, blotch, and stain proved impossible, but the accuracy of his facsimile proved sufficient for the deception of the eye at a distance of two paces, and therefore adequate for display purposes, so that the original might be sealed and packed away.

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