History Literature / ACanticleForLeibowitz

11th Aug '17 11:00:37 AM Kalaong
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* ShoutOut: The fourth-season finale for ''Babylon5'' (filmed when it was confirmed there would be a fifth season) hints at the future of humanity and how the legends of the show's heroes would endure. The third part occurs after a planetary civil war, where a monastery secretly run by The Rangers is attempting to re-introduce technology. [=JMS=] realized [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/088.html#JS halfway through writing the script]] that he was "channeling ''Canticle''" but left it in as a homage.
29th Jul '17 6:58:31 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The book's three parts are titled "Fiat Homo" and "Fiat Lux", which both come from the Creation account in Genesis, and "Fiat Voluntas Tua", which is a line in the Lord's Prayer.

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** The book's three parts are titled "Fiat Homo" and "Fiat Lux", which both come from the Creation account in Genesis, [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]], and "Fiat Voluntas Tua", which is a line in the Lord's Prayer.
20th Jul '17 10:30:07 PM Kalaong
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* CargoCult: It's mentioned in ''Fiat Homo'' that the more primitive tribals are fond of using relics like broken transitors and radio parts as spiritual items, some occassionally dying from ingesting them. Though even the Catholic Church, via the abbey, indulges in this a bit given how the Memorabilia are treated as nigh sacroscant.

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* CargoCult: It's mentioned in ''Fiat Homo'' that the more primitive tribals are fond of using relics like broken transitors transistors and radio parts as spiritual items, some occassionally occasionally dying from ingesting them. Though even the Catholic Church, via the abbey, indulges in this a bit given how the Memorabilia are treated as nigh sacroscant.sacrosanct.



* FantasticCatholicism: Due to internal organisation and bit of luck, Catholic Church was one of few, if not ''the only'' institution to survive Flame Deluge and definitely the only one to thrive. The story almost entirely focuses on the monastery started by Leibowitz, preserving as much knowledge of the old world as possible.

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* FantasticCatholicism: Due to internal organisation organization and bit of luck, Catholic Church was one of few, if not ''the only'' institution to survive Flame Deluge and definitely the only one to thrive. The story almost entirely focuses on the monastery started by Leibowitz, preserving as much knowledge of the old world as possible.



* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The Simplification in a nutshell, which quickly lost any sense of control or order, turning an anti-intellectualism movement into a mob lynching people able to read and thus becoming the final nail in the civilisation's coffin.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: The third part of the book starts after the inititial, limited exchange of warheads already happend. It goes only worse from there.

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* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The Simplification in a nutshell, which quickly lost any sense of control or order, turning an anti-intellectualism movement into a mob lynching people able to read and thus becoming the final nail in the civilisation's civilization's coffin.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: The third part of the book starts after the inititial, initial, limited exchange of warheads already happend.happened. It goes only worse from there.



** Somewhere between the time directly after the Flame Deluge and ''Fiat Homo'', the information about blueprints being blue and white because they are a negative of the original plans was forgotten or lost. Cue monks spending ''weeks'' on carefully covering entire pages in hard to get blue ink manually, [[CriticalResearchFailure dead-sure it's the way how it's supposed to be done]].

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** Somewhere between the time directly after the Flame Deluge and ''Fiat Homo'', the information about blueprints being blue and white because they are a negative of the original plans was forgotten or lost. Cue monks spending ''weeks'' on carefully covering entire pages in hard to get rare blue ink manually, ''by hand'', [[CriticalResearchFailure dead-sure it's the way how it's supposed to be done]].



** Benjamin may feature as the immortal WanderingJew. Or maybe not. The story is vague about whether [[spoiler:Zerchi is [[UnreliableNarrator imagining the whole thing]] [[DyingDream because he's dying]]]].

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** Benjamin may feature as the immortal WanderingJew. Or maybe not. The story is vague about [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator whether [[spoiler:Zerchi is [[UnreliableNarrator imagining or not]] the whole thing]] [[DyingDream because he's dying]]]].thing is Zerchi's DyingDream]].



* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists... and then other scholars... and then anyone with a formal education... and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society of "[[DumbIsGood simpletons]]" where it's dangerous to admit that you know ''anything'' AKA the collapse of society itself.

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* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists... and then other scholars... and then anyone with a formal education... and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society of "[[DumbIsGood "[[EvilLuddite simpletons]]" where it's dangerous to admit admitting that you know ''anything'' AKA can get you [[BurnTheWitch burned at the collapse of society itself.stake]].



* ScavengerWorld: At least initially. Fiat Homo takes place six centuries after the Flame Deluge and there is barely anything left to scravenge at this point.

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* ScavengerWorld: At least initially. Fiat Homo takes place six centuries after the Flame Deluge and there is barely anything left to scravenge scavenge at this point.



** In-universe, it's this sort of attitude that led to the Simplification immediately after the Flame Deluge. People blamed the scientists and intellectuals for the war and started lynching them ''en masse''.

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** In-universe, it's this sort of attitude that led to the Simplification immediately after the Flame Deluge. People blamed the scientists and intellectuals for the war and started lynching them ''en masse''.masse.''



* TorchesAndPitchforks: The Simplification, where most technology and knowledge was actively destroyed in a backlash against technology after the nuclear war. Which in turn made any organised recovery from the Flame Deluge impossible and send humanity back to pre-medieval stage.

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* TorchesAndPitchforks: The Simplification, where most technology and knowledge was actively destroyed in a backlash against technology after the nuclear war. Which in turn made any organised organized recovery from the Flame Deluge impossible and send humanity back to pre-medieval stage.
20th Jul '17 10:19:55 PM Kalaong
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* AfterTheEnd: All the way up to [[spoiler: the second end.]]

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* AfterTheEnd: All the way up to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the second end.]]end]].



* AnyoneCanDie: And they do by the dozen - [[spoiler: almost all named characters die during the story and humanity itself managed to destroy the world for the second time]].
* ApocalypseAnarchy: The chaos in the wake of the Flame Deluge and the Simplification that followed all but guaranteed the near-total collapse of civilization. It would be well over a thousand years before mankind surpasses the pre-Deluge world [[spoiler:only to nearly destroy itself ''again''.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: And they do by the dozen - [[spoiler: almost [[spoiler:almost all named characters die during the story and humanity itself managed to destroy the world for the second time]].
* ApocalypseAnarchy: The chaos in the wake of the Flame Deluge and the Simplification that followed all but guaranteed the near-total collapse of civilization. It would be well over a thousand years before mankind surpasses the pre-Deluge world [[spoiler:only to nearly destroy itself ''again''.]]''again'']].



** In general, the story chronicles the [[spoiler: second]] rise and fall of civilization, including TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. But this time, [[SaintlyChurch the Church has learned from the past]] and arranged for [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture a starship to be sent out to the Centaurus colony]].

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** In general, the story chronicles the [[spoiler: second]] [[spoiler:second]] rise and fall of civilization, including TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. But this time, [[SaintlyChurch the Church has learned from the past]] and arranged for [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture a starship to be sent out to the Centaurus colony]].



* CallBack: When the abbot finds [[spoiler: Francis' skull]] at the very end of the book.

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* CallBack: When the abbot finds [[spoiler: Francis' [[spoiler:Francis' skull]] at the very end of the book.



* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation: Averted; Francis has quite a bit of difficulty translating the [[TechnoBabble technical jargon]] he finds in the fallout shelter. Later, a [[UniversalTranslator machine translator]] is invented which (like its RealLife counterparts) is [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels somewhat less than reliable.]]

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* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation: Averted; Francis has quite a bit of difficulty translating the [[TechnoBabble technical jargon]] he finds in the fallout shelter. Later, a [[UniversalTranslator machine translator]] is invented which (like its RealLife counterparts) is [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels somewhat less than reliable.]]reliable]].



* DownerEnding: It's very easy to interpret the very bitter note of the BittersweetEnding as outright downer. [[spoiler: Humanity destroyed itself for the second time, learning nothing from the past. The magnitude of the destruction is implied as much more severe than the first time around. But what really seals it is how the monks left the Earth - for good]]. Whatever and whoever survives, ''if'' it's even possible to survive, is left for themselves.

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* DownerEnding: It's very easy to interpret the very bitter note of the BittersweetEnding as outright downer. [[spoiler: Humanity [[spoiler:Humanity destroyed itself for the second time, learning nothing from the past. The magnitude of the destruction is implied as much more severe than the first time around. But what really seals it is how the monks left the Earth - for good]]. Whatever and whoever survives, ''if'' it's even possible to survive, is left for themselves.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Poet who lives at the abbey is only referred to by his occupation, or disparagingly as the Poet-sirrah. Even after he [[spoiler: becomes a folk saint]], he's only ever called Poet.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Poet who lives at the abbey is only referred to by his occupation, or disparagingly as the Poet-sirrah. Even after he [[spoiler: becomes [[spoiler:becomes a folk saint]], he's only ever called Poet.



* GainaxEnding: The Second Coming of Christ (or the return of the Virgin Mary) is [[spoiler: a tomato saleswoman's green-eyed radiation-eating conjoined fetus head, at least if the priest thinking this hasn't just gone insane.]]

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* GainaxEnding: The Second Coming of Christ (or the return of the Virgin Mary) is [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a tomato saleswoman's green-eyed radiation-eating conjoined fetus head, at least if the priest thinking this hasn't just gone insane.]]insane]].



* HeroicResolve: Poet is surprised by his own sudden surge of heroism, when he [[spoiler: attacks Texarkanan officer, who was busy killing scared civilians. This ends with MutualKill]], while Poet notes the irony of getting involved into conflict that doesn't bother him in the slightest.

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* HeroicResolve: Poet is surprised by his own sudden surge of heroism, when he [[spoiler: attacks [[spoiler:attacks Texarkanan officer, who was busy killing scared civilians. This ends with MutualKill]], while Poet notes the irony of getting involved into conflict that doesn't bother him in the slightest.



* IdiotHero: Brother Francis Gerard, who is quite the WideEyedIdealist. [[spoiler: It eventually gets him killed]].

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* IdiotHero: Brother Francis Gerard, who is quite the WideEyedIdealist. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It eventually gets him killed]].



** Benjamin may feature as the immortal WanderingJew. Or maybe not. The story is vague about whether [[spoiler: Zerchi is [[UnreliableNarrator imagining the whole thing]] [[DyingDream because he's dying.]]]]

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** Benjamin may feature as the immortal WanderingJew. Or maybe not. The story is vague about whether [[spoiler: Zerchi [[spoiler:Zerchi is [[UnreliableNarrator imagining the whole thing]] [[DyingDream because he's dying.]]]]dying]]]].



* MercyKill: What the medics authorize for radiation victims. The monks, especially Abbot Zerchi, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything protest against them vociferously with signs.]]
** Poet performs one on [[spoiler: the officer he wounded himself]].

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* MercyKill: What the medics authorize for radiation victims. The monks, especially Abbot Zerchi, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything protest against them vociferously with signs.]]
signs]].
** Poet performs one on [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the officer he wounded himself]].



** Known as 'The Pope's Children' after the Pope issues an edict that they are not to be harmed. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Brother Francis, they didn't return the favor]].

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** Known as 'The Pope's Children' after the Pope issues an edict that they are not to be harmed. [[spoiler: Unfortunately [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Brother Francis, they didn't return the favor]].



* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists... and then other scholars... and then anyone with a formal education... and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society where it's dangerous to admit that you know how to read and ultimately, the collapse of society itself.

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* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists... and then other scholars... and then anyone with a formal education... and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society of "[[DumbIsGood simpletons]]" where it's dangerous to admit that you know how to read and ultimately, ''anything'' AKA the collapse of society itself.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The nomadic chief. [[spoiler: Which makes him all that easier to exploit and use by Hannegan]].

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The nomadic chief. [[spoiler: Which [[spoiler:Which makes him all that easier to exploit and use by Hannegan]].



* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler: Poet was shot in the guts]] by that cavalry officer. The narration doesn't make it clear for a while.

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* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler: Poet [[spoiler:Poet was shot in the guts]] by that cavalry officer. The narration doesn't make it clear for a while.
25th May '17 9:50:24 PM Az_Tech341
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''A Canticle for Leibowitz'' is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to the science fiction magazine ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction''; it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Appealing to mainstream and genre critics and readers alike, it won the 1961 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.

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''A Canticle for Leibowitz'' is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based It's based on three short stories Miller contributed to the science fiction magazine ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction''; it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Appealing to mainstream and genre critics and readers alike, it won the 1961 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.
12th May '17 5:11:55 PM Doug86
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* TheBible: As the novel has religious overtones, there are plenty of Biblical references. For instance:

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* TheBible: Literature/TheBible: As the novel has religious overtones, there are plenty of Biblical references. For instance:
25th Apr '17 2:50:33 PM Theriocephalus
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* BlackComedy: Evident throughout the novel, showing the folly of mankind's existence in contrast to the monks' mission.
** The Catholic Church itself is also given this treatment in the novel, whether it's the endless theological disputes or the irony of the "Pope's Children." In addition, each part ends with the events being viewed from the perspective of buzzards [[spoiler:though the end has them replaced with a lucky shark]].

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* BlackComedy: Evident throughout the novel, showing the folly of mankind's existence in contrast to the monks' mission.
**
mission. The Catholic Church itself is also given this treatment in the novel, whether it's the endless theological disputes or the irony of the "Pope's Children." Children". In addition, each part ends with the events being viewed from the perspective of buzzards [[spoiler:though the end has them replaced with a lucky shark]].



** The parts titled "Fiat Homo" and "Fiat Lux", which both come from the Creation account in Genesis; and "Fiat Voluntas Tua", which is a line in the Lord's Prayer.

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** The book's three parts are titled "Fiat Homo" and "Fiat Lux", which both come from the Creation account in Genesis; Genesis, and "Fiat Voluntas Tua", which is a line in the Lord's Prayer.



* BilingualBonus: With Latin and even a little Hebrew.
** Also the bits of German used in the intro of "Fiat Voluntas Tua".
* BittersweetEnding: The story chronicles the [[spoiler: second]] rise and fall of civilization, including TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. But this time, [[SaintlyChurch the Church has learned from the past]] and arranged for [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture a starship to be sent out to the Centaurus colony]].

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* BilingualBonus: With Latin and even a little Hebrew.
** Also
Hebrew, and the bits of German used in the intro of "Fiat Voluntas Tua".
* BittersweetEnding: The BittersweetEnding:
** In general, the
story chronicles the [[spoiler: second]] rise and fall of civilization, including TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. But this time, [[SaintlyChurch the Church has learned from the past]] and arranged for [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture a starship to be sent out to the Centaurus colony]].



* EternalEnglish: Averted. "Modern" English is very much a dead language in the future, and must be studied like one. It's implied that, much like Latin after the fall of the Roman Empire, [[LanguageDrift different dialects of English grew and evolved into full-blown, mutually unintelligible languages.]]

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* EternalEnglish: Averted. "Modern" English is very much a dead language in the future, and must be studied like one. It's implied that, much like Latin after the fall of the Roman Empire, [[LanguageDrift different dialects of English grew and evolved into full-blown, mutually unintelligible languages.]]languages]].



** When Brother Francis finds the fallout shelter at the beginning of the book, he thinks it was meant as a prison to hold a terrible monster called a Fallout, as by that point no-one remembered what nuclear fallout actually ''was'', and folk myth had given the name to a race of terrible demons born from the Flame Deluge.



** The circumstances behind the Flame Deluge and its immediate aftermath, such as who the US President was at the time or who fired first, are hotly contested. Yet ''every'' monk seems to take for granted that Leibowitz's wife had a gold tooth.

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** The circumstances behind the Flame Deluge and its immediate aftermath, such as who the US U.S. President was at the time or who fired first, are hotly contested. Yet ''every'' monk seems to take for granted that Leibowitz's wife had a gold tooth.
9th Apr '17 8:32:10 PM Timurlame
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* LiteralMetaphor: The Old Jew in Dom Paulo's time claims to be several thousand years old, but it's established that, as the Diaspora is even more thinly scattered than ever, he may be the only Jew for hundreds of miles, and copes by seeing himself as the embodiment of all Jewish history. Whether he is ''also'' the immortal Wandering Jew is ambiguous.

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* LiteralMetaphor: The Old Jew in Dom Paulo's time claims to be several thousand years old, but it's established that, that as the Diaspora is even more thinly scattered than ever, he may be the only Jew for hundreds if not thousands of miles, and miles. Thus, he copes with his isolation by seeing himself as the embodiment of all Jewish history. Whether he is ''also'' the immortal Wandering Jew is ambiguous.
18th Mar '17 3:26:17 PM SorPepita
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* NoOSHACompliance: One of the monks ends up blinded, because he was manually operating an arc lamp withou proper eye protection. Nobody even ''knew'' how damaging it will be for his eyes, so he ended up operating the lamp for few days.

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* NoOSHACompliance: One of the monks ends up blinded, because he was manually operating an arc lamp withou without proper eye protection. Nobody even ''knew'' how damaging it will be for his eyes, so he ended up operating the lamp for few days.



* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists...and then other scholars...and then anyone with a formal education...and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society where it's dangerous to admit that you know how to read and ultimately, the collapse of society itself.

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* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists... and then other scholars...scholars... and then anyone with a formal education...education... and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society where it's dangerous to admit that you know how to read and ultimately, the collapse of society itself.



* ShoutOut: the fourth-season finale for ''Babylon5'' (filmed when it was confirmed there would be a fifth season) hints at the future of humanity and how the legends of the show's heroes would endure. The third part occurs after a planetary civil war, where a monastery secretly run by The Rangers is attempting to re-introduce technology. [=JMS=] realized [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/088.html#JS halfway through writing the script]] that he was "channeling ''Canticle''" but left it in as a homage.

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* ShoutOut: the The fourth-season finale for ''Babylon5'' (filmed when it was confirmed there would be a fifth season) hints at the future of humanity and how the legends of the show's heroes would endure. The third part occurs after a planetary civil war, where a monastery secretly run by The Rangers is attempting to re-introduce technology. [=JMS=] realized [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/088.html#JS halfway through writing the script]] that he was "channeling ''Canticle''" but left it in as a homage.
18th Mar '17 3:10:58 PM SorPepita
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* FeudalFuture: Justified, seeing that an Age of Simplification leads to a new dark age.



* FeudalFuture: Justified, seeing that an Age of Simplification leads to a new dark age.
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