A Canticle for Leibowitz
January 2, 2014 4:35 PM   Subscribe

"A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to 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. ... This 15 part serial is based on the novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr. published in 1959. The story had previously been published as a series of novellas in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science. The book won the Hugo award winner for best science fiction novels of all time."

"Set in a Roman Catholic monastery in the desert of the southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it.

Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during World War II, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Walker Percy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research.

The radio drama adaptation by John Reed, and produced at WHA by Carl Schmidt and Marv Nunn.

The play was directed by Karl Schmidt, engineered by Marv Nunn with special effects by Vic Marsh.

Narrator - Carol Collins and includes Fred Coffin, Bart Hayman, Herb Hartig and Russel Horton.

Music was by Greg Fish and Bob Budney and the Edgewood College Chant Group."
posted by SpacemanStix (7 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Double. -- restless_nomad

posted by languagehat at 4:38 PM on January 2

This is a great audio series. It is abridged, but it's still an amazing work. I've listened to a couple of times in the last couple of years. Grab it.
posted by jgaiser at 4:39 PM on January 2


Sure enough. The links are even identical, but for some reason it didn't get caught on the submission page.
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:41 PM on January 2

Oh, I'm going to have to check this out. When people were swooning over Cormac McCarthy's "The Road", I send them to this book as having done it first and more intriguingly.

Never got more than a couple dozen pages into the sequel though.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 4:41 PM on January 2

A Canticle for Leibowitz is the kind of book that, if you have read it and you see it on a bookshelf at someone else’s house, you will immediately demand to know whose copy it is; the two of you will talk of nothing else for the rest of the night.
posted by gwint at 4:41 PM on January 2

One of the interesting things about 1960 was that the US was far, far, far ahead in its ability to rain death and destruction on the USSR. I think the ratio of nuclear missiles was 100 to 1.
posted by KokuRyu at 4:42 PM on January 2

The double-check didn't catch the identical tag, either (acanticleforleibowitz). Not sure what that means, but just pointing that out in case there is a technical issue.
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:43 PM on January 2

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