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A Canticle for Leibowitz  by Walter M. Miller Jr  was the 76th official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: Sep 1, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015


How/Why was this book chosen: It was chosen by a poll of Goodreads S&L Members

A Canticle for Leibowitz...........................................................55 votes 36.2%

The Mote in God's Eye............................................................39 votes 25.7%

Synners...................................................................................21 votes 13.8%

Picnic on Paradise..................................................................18 votes 11.8%

The Angel of the Revolution A Tale of the Coming Terror......13 votes 8.6%

Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta.............................................6 votes 3.9%


Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr Edit

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature--a chilling and still provocative look at a post-apocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece. 

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