By Walter M. Miller Jr.
Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for top Novel and greatly certainly one of the main comprehensive, strong, and enduring classics of contemporary 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 snoozing in darkness, the child rediscoveries of technological know-how are secretly nourished via cloistered clergymen devoted to the learn and protection of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From the following the tale spans centuries of lack of understanding, violence, and barbarism, viewing via a pointy, satirical eye the relentless development of a human race damned by way of its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous blunders. heavily humorous, beautiful, and tragic, perpetually clean, imaginitive, and altogether impressive, A Canticle for Leibowitz keeps its skill to enthrall and amaze. it really is now, because it regularly has been, a masterpiece.
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His metal treads made a quiet clicking sound against the dark shining wood of the floor. Then he halted and waited, silent. This was going to be very difficult, he knew. Sir had always been something of a short-tempered man, but in his old age he had grown especially volatile in his reactions. And there were even certain First Law considerations that had to be taken into account. Because what Andrew was planning to ask might very well upset Sir to the point that it would cause harm to the old man.
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He ignored Andrew's presence completely. Little Miss said, "All right, Father. " Sir shrugged. "I try to discuss everything quietly and rationally. " "I'm sorry. " "You know that Andrew is inherently incapable of craziness. " And Sir began to sputter and turn red again. Andrew had never seen Sir in such a state--never. Once more he began to feel uneasy about being present in the room, and thus setting up such a threat to the old man's constitution. Sir seemed almost on the verge of an apoplectic fit.