A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)

Creators

Walter M. Miller Jr. (writer).

Extent

Read in 2018.

Categorization

Nuclear post-apocalypse.

Commentary

Despite the outright miracles–immortal Lazarus and the bicephalous Rachael Christ—the tone is remarkably good. In particular, Miller manages to present “moral” problems–e.g. the limits of euthanasia—that are neither purely religious nor resolved as Christian wish fulfillment. I very much enjoyed the combination of comically fallible, ignorant people, sour Realpolitik and freewheeling wasteland mutant post-apocalypse. With more ecology and deeper cultural change this would have been brilliant.

References here: Always Coming Home (1985).

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