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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
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really liked it
bookshelves: classics, speculative-fiction

Foundation meets Anathem, at a third the page count. After reading it, I have to say I can't think of any reason why I'd really call it sci-fi, except that it takes place in the distant future. Except that it's a future where the vast majority of science, technology, & culture has been obliterated by nuclear war + reactionary fundamentalist sects, so it feels more medieval than futuristic. So personally I think I'd call it more spec fiction than anything else.

Brilliantly & shrewdly written, confronting questions of history, philosophy, theology, ethics, and the cyclic nature of human civilization, without ever getting preachy or didactic. As relevant now as in 1960. For all that it doesn't really strike me as sci-fi, I think fans of Asimov & the like will still love it.


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Reading Progress

June 24, 2011 – Shelved
January 16, 2014 – Started Reading
January 16, 2014 – Shelved as: classics
January 21, 2014 – Shelved as: speculative-fiction
January 21, 2014 – Finished Reading

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