History Literature / ACanticleForLeibowitz

12th Feb '16 11:21:39 PM Theriocephalus
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** 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 parts titled "Fiat Homo" and Fiat "Fiat Lux", which both come from the Creation account in Genesis; and "Fiat Voluntas Tua", which is a line in the Lord's Prayer.
15th Jan '16 10:41:32 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* EvilLuddite: The Simplification was the backlash of a group of self-proclaimed "[[DumbIsGood simpletons]]" against scientists and other intellectuals, whom they blamed for the Flame Deluge. Leibowitz himself was one of their victims.
** To clarify: first the politicians, then scientists, teachers, students, and finally people who can read. No this isn't ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.

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* EvilLuddite: The Simplification was the backlash of a group of self-proclaimed "[[DumbIsGood simpletons]]" against scientists and other intellectuals, whom they blamed for the Flame Deluge. Leibowitz himself was one of their victims.
** To clarify: first
victims. First the politicians, then scientists, teachers, students, and finally people who can read. No this isn't ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.
15th Jan '16 10:40:41 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ScienceIsBad: One of the chief conflicts of the story is how to use the knowledge gained from civilization's renaissance properly. Science and knowledge in general in itself is not bad, but people's applications of it can be.

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* ScienceIsBad: ScienceIsBad:
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One of the chief conflicts of the story is how to use the knowledge gained from civilization's renaissance properly. Science and knowledge in general in itself is not bad, but people's applications of it can be.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: At one point, Abbot Zerchi turns off a television with such anger that he breaks the knob off. Possibly justified in that this occurs almost 1800 years in the future, after technology has re-emerged.
** Anti-ballistic missile systems started emerging in the 1970s, more than a decade after publication. The Asian Coalition would have to be very sneaky or very lucky to [[spoiler:surprise-nuke Texarkana]] if anything like NORAD was re-emerged.
*** On the flip side, even today low-altitude cruise missiles are tough to detect and neutralize.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: TechnologyMarchesOn:
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At one point, Abbot Zerchi turns off a television with such anger that he breaks the knob off. Possibly justified in that this occurs almost 1800 years in the future, after technology has re-emerged.
** Anti-ballistic missile systems started emerging in the 1970s, more than a decade after publication. The Asian Coalition would have to be very sneaky or very lucky to [[spoiler:surprise-nuke Texarkana]] if anything like NORAD was re-emerged. \n*** On the flip side, even today low-altitude cruise missiles are tough to detect and neutralize.
15th Jan '16 10:39:32 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: After the Flame Deluge, the entire purpose of the monks' work is to preserve a fragment of human knowledge for future generations who will be able to understand it better.

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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: FlingALightIntoTheFuture:
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After the Flame Deluge, the entire purpose of the monks' work is to preserve a fragment of human knowledge for future generations who will be able to understand it better.
15th Jan '16 10:39:09 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Benjamin may feature as the immortal WanderingJew. Or maybe not. The story is vague about whether [[spoiler: Zerchi is [[UnreliableNarrator imagining the whole thing]] because he's dying.]]

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



* MeaningfulName: Many of the place names in the stories vaguely refer to places that readers might know; some, like Denver and Chihuahua, survive remarkably intact.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Many of the place names in the stories vaguely refer to places that readers might know; some, like Denver and Chihuahua, survive remarkably intact.
26th Dec '15 11:01:47 AM Glenn62
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** The city known today as Amarillo (Texas) is shown on maps in the sequel as "Yellow". ("Amarillo" is Spanish for "yellow".)
13th Dec '15 8:38:33 PM esq263
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* TheBible: As the novel has religious overtones, there are plenty of Biblical references. For instance:
** 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.
** The account of the Flame Deluge recounted in "Fiat Lux", which is explicitly stated to have been written by someone with a penchant for Scriptural mimicry. The beginning of the story hearkens back to the Book of Job and the Flood narrative in Genesis; the conversation between God and the leader after the nuclear war is reminiscent of God's conversation with Cain after Abel's murder.
5th Jul '15 8:50:57 AM msq
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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, 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.]]
9th Jun '15 9:07:49 PM msq
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* AerithAndBob: Gradually occurs over the centuries, thanks to changes in language and culture.
5th May '15 2:16:13 PM DarkStarling
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* 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.]]

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* 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.head, at least if the priest thinking this hasn't just gone insane.]]
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