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Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1923–1996)

Autor(a) de A Canticle for Leibowitz

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About the Author

Miller's participation in the bombing of Casino, Italy, during World War II apparently had a lasting impact on the writer, for his only novel, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960), is rife with images of massive destruction caused by war. Miller began writing short stories in 1950 while recovering from mostrar mais an automobile accident, and most of his writing was done between 1950 and 1960. Often regarded as one of the best science fiction novels ever written, A Canticle for Leibowitz is a complex, beautifully written book that traces human history from a twentieth-century nuclear war forward to another war in a.d. 3781. It stands as one of the best examples of the fear that millions of people have of the power of nuclear weapons and the aftermath of nuclear holocaust. Richly symbolic and multilayered, the novel lends itself to critical commentary more than do most popular works of literature. Critic John B. Ower remarks that, perhaps because of his conversion to Catholicism, "Miller's religious belief is complex and comprehensive enough to contain within itself the dark misgivings, the ironies, and the ambiguities of our deeply disturbed century." (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Walter M. Miller, Jr.

A Canticle for Leibowitz (1955) 11,783 cópias
Beyond Armageddon (1985) — Editor — 194 cópias
The view from the stars (1965) 167 cópias
Conditionally Human (1979) 128 cópias
Death of a Spaceman (1954) 20 cópias
The Darfsteller [novella] (1955) 18 cópias
The lineman [short story] (1957) 8 cópias
Crucifixus Etiam (1953) 7 cópias
Check And Checkmate (2010) 7 cópias
The Hoofer (2010) 7 cópias
It Takes A Thief (1952) 5 cópias
The Ties That Bind (2010) 5 cópias
Dumb Waiter [short story] (1952) 5 cópias
A Canticle For Leibowitz {story} (1955) — Autor — 5 cópias
Way of a Rebel (2015) 3 cópias
The Big Hunger (1952) 3 cópias
The Will (1953) 3 cópias
Blood Bank (1952) 3 cópias
I, Dreamer [short story] (1953) 2 cópias
The Last Canticle {novella} (1957) 2 cópias
Nova SF* 11 - II serie 1 exemplar(es)
C'era una volta un mondo 1 exemplar(es)
God Is Thus {story} — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
Check and Checkmate 1 exemplar(es)
The Song Of Marya 1 exemplar(es)
The Yokel 1 exemplar(es)
The Reluctant Traitor 1 exemplar(es)
Six And Ten Are Johnny 1 exemplar(es)
Bitter Victory 1 exemplar(es)
Let My People Go 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contribuinte — 893 cópias
The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two (1972) — Contribuinte — 700 cópias
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 446 cópias
The Hugo Winners: Volume One (1955-1961) (1962) — Contribuinte — 317 cópias
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contribuinte — 249 cópias
A Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contribuinte — 148 cópias
Penguin Science Fiction (1961) — Contribuinte — 137 cópias
Spectrum 5 (1952) — Contribuinte — 125 cópias
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 5th Series (1956) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
The Worlds of Science Fiction (1963) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
SF: The Best of the Best (1967) — Autor, algumas edições107 cópias
An ABC of Science Fiction (1809) — Contribuinte — 104 cópias
Space Odysseys (1974) 99 cópias
The Crash of Empire (Imperial Stars, Book 3) (1989) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
Catastrophes! (1981) — Contribuinte — 90 cópias
Lost Mars: The Golden Age of the Red Planet (2018) — Contribuinte — 88 cópias
5 Unearthly Visions (1952) — Contribuinte — 86 cópias
Cities of Wonder (1967) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
SF: The Year's Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy (1956) — Contribuinte — 79 cópias
The Vintage Anthology of Science Fantasy. (1966) — Contribuinte — 66 cópias
Tomorrow's Worlds: Ten Stories of Science Fiction (1969) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Amazing Stories: 60 Years of the Best Science Fiction (1985) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
Science Fiction Thinking Machines (1954) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Alpha 9 (1978) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Eight Strange Tales (1972) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
Human Machines: An Anthology of Stories about Cyborgs (1975) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow ... (1974) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Human? (1954) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Man Against Tomorrow (1965) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
We, Robots (2010) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
Sociology Through Science Fiction (1974) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Heyne Science Fiction Jahresband 1982 (1982) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
Asleep in Armageddon (1962) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
Earth in Transit (1976) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
The New Awareness: Religion Through Science Fiction (1975) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1954 (1954) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953 (1953) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Die besten Science Fiction Geschichten (1962) — Autor, algumas edições11 cópias
Astounding Science Fiction 1952 04 (1952) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Masters' Choice 2 (1969) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Østenfor sol : 38 fantastiske fortellinger fra hele verden (1969) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Astounding Science Fiction 1951 05 (1951) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Science Fiction Stories 12 (1980) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Ikarus 2001. Best of Science Fiction. (2001) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Amazing Stories Vol. 27, No. 6 [August-September 1953] (1953) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Science Fiction Stories 5 (1970) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Second Round: A Canticle For Leibowitz (Miller) em Consensus Press (Novembro 2022)
Leibowitz: what's the appeal? em Consensus Press (Outubro 2022)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Book 10) discussion em Group Reads - Sci-Fi (Fevereiro 2014)


*currently unsure if I'll finish this so review rating based on first 200 pages*

Having read his excellent short story collection, I had high hopes for his seminal post-apocalyptic novel. Unfortunately, this has been inconsistently enjoyable and is another example of trying to gel too many things - in this case philosophy, christian mythology, satire and post-apocalyptic dystopia - into one book and not landing with any of them except the setting.

The writing is a dull, meandering mess of often garbled passages (sometimes deliberately) that rarely contribute to progressing any sense of story or idealism. Sometimes it's clear what Miller is trying to convey with his thoughts and ideas, but usually it ends up a mess.

The characters are fun characactures and Brother Francis' story is the stand out and has the feel of classic parable. But after the tale moves forward in time, there's not much to enjoy. A few connections to what came before and interesting thoughts about the cyclical nature of society and technology, but little else. The book simply didn't work for me and I'm struggling to see its wider appeal.

*I'll update this if I finish it. There's little to incentivise the final 100 pages, but maybe it turns a corner*
… (mais)
KevDS | outras 308 resenhas | May 24, 2024 |
Having just come from back from a trip from Cyprus which saw me admiring old and venerable iconostasis, listen to the eerie chants of mass goers behind closed church doors and getting glimpses of the devout kissing pictures of saints, a reread of A Canticle Of Leibowitz was just was the doctor ordered, so to speak.
This book gives me the goosebumps still and because of my recent experiences in and around Byzantine churches, the (re)reading experience was amplified.
The setting is post-deluge - civilization had been utterly destroyed in a nuclear holocaust- and it is a sort of Christian order, the order of the St. Leibowitz that becomes the caretaker and perhaps more importantly the interpreter of past knowledge. The parallels between the Christian church after the destruction of the Roman Empire are striking, by the way.
“From the monster Fallout - deliver us.”
“From the spirit of fornication - deliver us.”
“From the Strontium, the Casium, the Cobalt- deliver us
It all kicks into gear when brother Francis finds among other items, a shopping list and a drawing of a circuit plan in an old fallout shelter which become objects of religious veneration.
It is then when taken out of context, we realize how easily the banal, the trivial is recognized as the ultimately profound, the lifeless becomes alive and ignorance becomes king. We, through the endless arrogance of contemporary societies are not aware that each and everyone of us, just as brother Francis and the whole church of St. Leibowitz, are forever dwelling inside universal concentric circles of dramatic irony. In that sense, ignorance permeates all there is and can’t be abdicated.
Walter Miller’s tale is a forever masterpiece, a classic of speculative fiction. Ah, what arrogance to suppose, to claim that anything can be forever-lasting .
Yet, Miller’s work ticks all the boxes. It is masterly eloquent, at times lusciously, then disturbingly ironic.
“What did the world weigh? It weighs but is not weighed. Sometimes it’s scales are crooked. It weighs life and labor in the balance against silver and gold. That will never balance. But fast and ruthless it keeps on that way. It spills a lot of life that way and sometimes a little gold. And blindfolded a king comes riding across the desert with a set of crooked scales, a pair of loaded dice and upon the flag is emblazoned vexileragis.”
The plot moves on like a steam engine, undisturbed and not caring for a reader’s preference. Driven by the stark reality of circumstance, it takes no prisoners. Simply wonderfully profound. Ah, I’m getting carried away.
A spiritu fornicationis, Domine, libera nos (in religious context fornication is often used as idolatry) Deliver me from the sin of idolatry.
Deo gratias.
… (mais)
1 vote
nitrolpost | outras 308 resenhas | Mar 19, 2024 |
I read 3 of the 14 short stories:

1. You Triflin' Skunk!
2. The Will
3. Dark Benediction

Dark Benediction was the only one I liked. I'm generally not a fan of short stories.
MXMLLN | outras 3 resenhas | Jan 12, 2024 |
Not a thriller, but an emotional pressure cooker. This story takes place in the interim between the beginning and end of "A Canticle for Leibowitz"; it seems to describe the difficulties of recovering the lost civilization. While there's a lot of pessimism in this book, Miller does give us a relatively believable structure for the various attempts at a new civilization. Sadly, he doesn't give us much hope for any quick revival. What made the story tolerable for me, and kept me reading, was the in-depth exploration of the mental and emotional states of most of the characters--most of it pretty dark, but sadly realistic.… (mais)
majackson | outras 9 resenhas | Nov 29, 2023 |


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