History Literature / ACanticleForLeibowitz

12th Jun '18 7:10:45 PM Jake18
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* DaysOfFuturePast: The cyclical nature of history is a major theme of the book, with "Fiat Homo" modeled after the Middle Ages, and "Fiat Lux" closely resembling the Renaissance. Likewise, the Texarkana Schism bears more than a passing resemblance to UsefulNotes/HenryVIII's English Reformation. And that's not counting the Manifest Destiny in ''St. Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman,'' or the UsefulNotes/ColdWar analogy in "Fiat Voluntas Tua."

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* DaysOfFuturePast: The cyclical nature of history is a major theme of the book, with "Fiat Homo" modeled after the early Middle Ages, and "Fiat Lux" closely resembling the Renaissance. Likewise, the Texarkana Schism bears more than a passing resemblance to UsefulNotes/HenryVIII's English Reformation. And that's not counting the Manifest Destiny in ''St. Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman,'' or the UsefulNotes/ColdWar analogy in "Fiat Voluntas Tua."
15th May '18 7:34:35 AM galanx
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** A monk mentions the Theory of Evolution has been developed as a possibility, and is scoffed at by the secular Thon Thaddeo.
8th May '18 7:22:38 PM crazysamaritan
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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. 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.

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''A Canticle for Leibowitz'' is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American [[Creator/WalterMMillerJr Walter M. Miller, Jr., ]], first published in 1960. 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.
23rd Feb '18 9:37:07 PM SantosLHalper
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** 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.

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** 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 folklore had given the name to a race of terrible demons born from the Flame Deluge.
13th Nov '17 9:50:05 PM Specialist290
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* 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' skull]] at the very end of the book. It is, of course, symbolic: [[spoiler:Both men complete their mission and ensure that humanity can grow and flourish once more, but neither survives to witness the consequences.]]
4th Nov '17 5:03:53 PM Theriocephalus
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* 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]].

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* 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]].



* 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 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.
4th Nov '17 5:02:30 PM Theriocephalus
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* TheCatfish: In ''Fiat Homo'', the giant catfish Bo'dollos is rumoured to haunt a lake formed over a crater once occupied by a village and an intercontinental launching pad, complete with "several fascinating subterranean storage tanks". The lake has apparently very good fishing, but the local shepherds avoid it due to their belief that the fish are the souls of the villagers and excavators lost in the lake's creation, and out of fear of Bo'dollos. Incidentally, the site was excavated by a monk known as the Venerable Boedullus.
1st Nov '17 11:24:02 AM Theriocephalus
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* AfterTheEnd: All the way up to [[spoiler:the second end]].

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* AfterTheEnd: All The story is set after a nuclear holocaust destroys modern civilization, following the history of post-apolcapypse North America from the early, chaotic period as civilization struggled to reestablish itself all the way up to [[spoiler:the second end]].



* TheChessmaster: Hannegan, who is also quite the MagnificentBastard. He played everyone and their dog to do exactly what he wanted from them to do, leading to his complete hegemony. It's strongly implied the empire he build is one of the two world superpowers from Fiat Voluntas Tua.

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* TheChessmaster: Hannegan, who is also quite the MagnificentBastard. He played everyone and their dog to do exactly what he wanted from them to do, leading to his complete hegemony. It's strongly implied the empire he build built is one of the two world superpowers from Fiat Voluntas Tua.



** The narration regarding the Simpletons and the last days of the pre-Deluge world reads like a liturgical sermon that would be more fitting for Martin Luther's time than Martin Luther King's;

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** The narration regarding the Simpletons and the last days of the pre-Deluge world reads like a liturgical sermon that would be more fitting for Martin Luther's time than Martin Luther King's;King Jr.'s;



*** Hilariously enough, the Simpletons' rallying cry, which managed to survive intact down the generations, sounds much more like what working-class Americans would say.

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*** ** Hilariously enough, the Simpletons' rallying cry, which managed to survive intact down the generations, sounds much more like what working-class Americans would say.



* {{Mutants}}
** In many different flavors, from simply having patches of skin in various shades to a full-on MultipleHeadCase.
** 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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* {{Mutants}}
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{{Mutants}}: After the Flame Deluge, mutations became common among humanity as a result of the high radiation levels. The mutants are described as coming in many different flavors, from simply having patches of skin in various shades to a full-on MultipleHeadCase.
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MultipleHeadCase. They are known as 'The "the Pope's Children' 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]]. Other times, the are called "the children of the Fallout" for rather obvious reasons.
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.
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