A Canticle for Leibowitz (Saint Leibowitz, #1)
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A Canticle for Leibowitz

by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Release date: 1960
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: hugo award

Hugo Award 1961.

After the Fallout, when the Atomic Rain had stopped, the plagues and madness began. And after that came the simplification when the people – those who were left – turned against the rulers, the teachers, the scientists who had turned the world into a barren desert. All knowledge was destroyed, all the learned were killed – only Leibowitz managed to save some of the books...

And the monks of the order of Leibowitz inherited the sacred relics – spent their lives copying, engraving, interpreting the holy fragments, slowly fashioning a new Renaissance in a barbarous and fallen world...

(updated 2015-01-12)

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A Canticle for Leibowitz is one of the classics of science fiction. It was the first book to address the modern nuclear threat and cold war issues directly. While the cold war is behind us, it still provides a cautionary tale of what can happen when events take on a life of their own.
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