By Walter M. Miller Jr.

ISBN-10: 0060892994

ISBN-13: 9780060892999

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for top Novel and extensively one in all the main complete, 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 international slowly awakening to the sunshine after slumbering in darkness, the child rediscoveries of technological know-how are secretly nourished through cloistered priests devoted to the learn and maintenance of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From right here 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 via its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous errors. heavily humorous, gorgeous, and tragic, ceaselessly clean, resourceful, and altogether extraordinary, A Canticle for Leibowitz keeps its skill to enthrall and amaze. it's 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 response to 3 brief tales Miller contributed to the technology fiction journal The journal of fable and technology Fiction; it's the merely novel released by way of the writer in the course of his lifetime. one in all the classics of technological know-how fiction, it hasn't ever been out of print and has obvious over 25 reprints and variants. beautiful to mainstream and style critics and readers alike, it received the 1961 Hugo Award for top technology fiction novel.

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Like Francis, Fingo had only an hour now and then to work at his chosen task; the woodcarving progressed at a rate that was almost imperceptible unless one looked at the carving only after intervals of several months. Francis saw it too frequently to notice the growth. He found himself charmed by Fingo's easygoing exuberance, even while realizing that Fingo had adopted his affable manner to compensate for his ugliness, and he liked to spend idle minutes, whenever he could find them, watching Fingo work.

Remembering how he had lifted the ancient skull and turned it to face the wall, Brother Francis suddenly feared the wrath of Heaven. Emily Leibowitz had vanished from the face of the Earth at the beginning of the Flame Deluge, and only after many years would her widower admit that she was dead. It was said that God, in order to test mankind which had become swelled with pride as in the time of Noah, had commanded the wise men of that age, among them the Blessed Leibowitz, to devise great engines of war such as had never before been upon the Earth, weapons of such might that they contained the very fires of Hell, and that God had suffered these magi to place the weapons in the hands of princes, and to say to each prince: "Only because the enemies have such a thing have we devised this for thee, in order that they may know that thou hast it also, and fear to strike.

With him were several Dominicans. " Also, to investigate such evidence as the abbey could produce that might have a bearing on the case, including--to the abbot's dismay--reports of an alleged apparition of the Beatus which had, so travelers said, come to one Francis Gerard of Utah, AOL. The Saint's advocate was warmly greeted by the monks, was quartered in the rooms reserved for visiting prelates, was lavishly served by six young novices instructed to be responsive to his every whim, although, as it turned out, Monsignor Aguerra was a man of few whims, to the disappointment of would-be caterers.

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