A Canticle for Leibowitz is not just brilliant science fiction. It is a masterpiece by any standards.
I show that A Canticle for Leibowitz is – historically and institutionally – a very Catholic book. Despite the monks and their Latin, it is however not Christian. Miller is a heretic, and does not believe in salvation. By the time he wrote A Canticle for Leibowitz, he had also rejected the belief of the ‘Golden Age’ science fiction writer in the redeeming power of technology.
I demonstrate that Miller’s Hugo-winning story The Darfsteller amounts to a literary suicide note. Miller used the metaphor of theatre to announce his intention of giving up writing science fiction. He wanted to put on one last great performance before he quit. That ‘one last great’ performance was A Canticle for Leibowitz.
A Canticle for Leibowitz was a deliberate masterpiece. The thirty-five years of silence that followed were also deliberate.
A Canticle for Leibowitz has always been highly thought of. Until now, it has not been studied in depth. The results are startling.
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Author: Andrew Ravensdale. Publisher: Ravensdale and Co.
Flame Deluge is 40,000 words.
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