Re: Canticle/Leibowitz--False Correction/(false memery?)

N. Bannister - L. Maners (landn@AZSTARNET.COM)
Fri, 4 Oct 1996 08:25:02 -0700

So, it's a grocery list and illuminations. You might be interested to know
that the author's estate has recently sold the rights to a film version.
See what "memery" can do? :-) Lynn

On Fri, 4 Oct 1996, Sheldon Klein wrote:

> >From: "N. Bannister - L. Maners" <landn@AZSTARNET.COM>
> >Subject: "Canticle..." correction
> >
> >The artifact mentioned isn't a blueprint of a circuit diagram, it's a
> >grocery list, if my memory is still memeing away. :-) Lynn
> Alas,
> A circuit diagram was in the original magazine version where I first read it,
> (See quoted review #2)
> A grocery list,as well, may have appeared in a later,
> longer book version finished by someone else.
> <Excerpt quoted with author's permission>:
> 1. ============================
> Prof. Paul Brians, Washington State Univ.
> _________________________________________________________________
> "Introduction
> "Although A Canticle for Leibowitz was publishedas a book in 1959, it
> was written earlier. The first section, also entitled"A Canticle for
> Leibowitz" (now "Fiat Homo" ["And HeCreated Man"]) appeared in 1955,
> the second section appeared as "Andthe Light Is Risen" ("Fiat Lux"
> ["Let There be Light"])the next year, and the conclusion appeared in
> 1957 as "The LastCanticle" ("Fiat Voluntas Tua" ["Thy Will Be
> Done"]),all in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Although
> Millerpublished a few stories before and after, and wrote most of a
> sequel to Canticle, at his death this remained his only successful
> work. (The sequel is being completed by Terry Bisson.) It is widely
> considered a classic, has never been out of print,and is widely taught
> in science fiction courses.
> " ........... Part of the novel's success derives from its richly
> realized setting, apost-holocaust America where scraps of pre-war
> knowledge are gathered andpreserved by a Catholic Church which no
> longer understands that knowledge. The novel takes for granted
> familiarity with the idea that after the fall of theRoman Empire,
> knowledge was preserved in Western Europe almost exclusively insmall,
> isolated communities of priests and monks during a centuries-long
> darkage, recopied by men who often understood little of the ancient
> manuscripts ofwhich they were the custodians.
> =========================================
> SK- RE: THE BLUEPRINTS-- retrieving from LYCOS on "Canticle, Leibowitz"
> yielded:
> (0k)
> 2. ===============================
> "A Canticle for Leibowitz
> Walter Miller
> "This is what someone says about this book:
> "For a science fiction twist, Walter Miller's *A Canticle for
> "Leibowitz* is a wonderful book. It's used in some Christian ethics
> "classes at Duke. It's got an interesting twist on the science-religion
> "feud; on post-apocalyptic earth, old blueprints are copied and
> "illuminated by Christian monks. Fascinating."
> =======================================================================
> Cheers,
> Sheldon Klein