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St Leibowitz - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
St Leibowitz
This, I suspect, is mostly for scifi_mel -just that I came upon a reference to the Canticle for Leibowitz by W Miller (wikipedia entry about the book here) and that rang a bell in my rapidly rusting brain. That may have been where JMS got tat bleak idea about a distant future in B5 where monks preserve the scientific and cultural legacy of humankind, not knowing what they have but keeping it for a moment when the outside world may again be ready for it. Had read that as a young person and forgotten about it but clearly made an impression..


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_pinkdaisy_ From: _pinkdaisy_ Date: May 22nd, 2013 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I read it a couple of months ago. Really quite a bleak book. (I seem to be going through a bleak sci-fi phase at the moment, with this and On the Beach and a couple of others that I've read recently...)
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: May 22nd, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been reading a rather uneven 'Apocalyptic Science Fiction' collection I found in Amazon, with about two dozen ways for civilisation to perish, everybody to die or the planet to become uninhabitable/life-hostile in varied ways... some of the stories are good, others are terribly cheesy.

I don't actually possess a copy of Leibowitz, will have to do something about that presently...
kruku From: kruku Date: May 23rd, 2013 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Reading 'Lebowitz': Only when you're in a good mood. It is, as _pinkdaisy_ points out, 'bleak'. But it is a good book :)
kruku From: kruku Date: May 22nd, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a well worn trope in fantasy and romantic historial fiction. Mystic archivists was an old trope before Dan Brown started living off it^^
The trope can still be made cool with original writing though. Wapsie Square has been mining the trope for years and it never gets old http://wapsisquare.com/
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: May 22nd, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
The one I still like the best of the 'lay monks guarding science and knowledge' idea is Anathem by Neal Stephenson. If you see the reviews in Amazon they are mostly negative ('nothing happens for the first eight hundred pages', etc) but I loved it, I still 'live' in that world a year after reading the book and sometimes in my actual dreams.

Thanks for the link, that looks interesting! Will have a closer look later...
kekhmet From: kekhmet Date: May 22nd, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a young teenager I listened to a what I rmember as being a very good radio adaptation, then a bit later in my teens I read the book.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: May 22nd, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd read it as a young person in Spanish translation, will have to get an English language copy -probably on ebook as most of my reading is on the hoof these days...
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