By Walter M. Miller Jr.
Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for top Novel and greatly one of the main comprehensive, robust, and enduring classics of recent speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a real landmark of twentieth-century literature -- a chilling and still-provocative examine a post-apocalyptic destiny.
In a nightmarish ruined global slowly awakening to the sunshine after drowsing in darkness, the child rediscoveries of technological know-how are secretly nourished through cloistered clergymen devoted to the examine and maintenance of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From the following the tale spans centuries of lack of knowledge, violence, and barbarism, viewing via a pointy, satirical eye the relentless development of a human race damned by way of its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous error. heavily humorous, wonderful, and tragic, without end clean, innovative, and altogether impressive, A Canticle for Leibowitz keeps its skill to enthrall and amaze. it's now, because it constantly has been, a masterpiece.
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The smallest is 110,000 klicks wide; the largest, about 170,000. " The individual orbs looked a lot like black-and-white photographs of Jupiter, except that they didn't have neat latitudinal bands of cloud. Rather, the clouds--or whatever it was that formed the visible surface markings--seemed to swirl in simple convection cells from equator to pole, the kind of pattern one might expect if the spheres had next to no rotation. In the intervening space between the world-sized spheres was a diaphanous fog of gas or particles that formed a translucent haze; doubtless this fog had been responsible for most of the twinkling effect they'd observed.
The probe continued to descend. Rhombus's web flashed in consternation. "The pressure sensor must have been damaged--maybe an impact with a piece of gravel. " Jag lifted his upper shoulders. "All right. " The third hatch did not obscure the camera at all, although its opening probably shook the craft enough that had they been able to see anything the view would have jiggled a bit. "The internal-pressure gauge inside the sample compartment shows the same almost-zero pressure the external gauge is indicating," said Rhombus.
There were dozens of gray-and-black spheres, each one so dark that the illuminated side was hardly much brighter than the unilluminated one. "Each of the spheres is roughly the size of the planet Jupiter," said Thor, his head bent down, consulting a readout. "The smallest is 110,000 klicks wide; the largest, about 170,000. " The individual orbs looked a lot like black-and-white photographs of Jupiter, except that they didn't have neat latitudinal bands of cloud. Rather, the clouds--or whatever it was that formed the visible surface markings--seemed to swirl in simple convection cells from equator to pole, the kind of pattern one might expect if the spheres had next to no rotation.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.