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A Guide to A Canticle for Leibowitz

Written By: Kevin R. Smith
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  • Publisher : Kevin R. Smith
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  • Genre : Literary Criticism
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A comprehensive and cross-referenced listing of all the people, places and things in Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. An essential companion for readers of this award-winning SF novel.

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  • File Pdf: check-and-checkmate.pdf

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In a world in which the Cold War never ended, American president John Smith XVI dares to re-open contact with the East after forty years of Big Silence. A comedy of masks ensues, with unexpected results. From the author of "A Canticle for Leibowitz," this classic tale originally appeared in 1953

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  • File Pdf: we-shall-sing-a-song-into-the-deep.pdf

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  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1317872665
  • Pages : 238
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 533
  • File Pdf: science-fiction.pdf

Book Summary:

First published in 1979. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Thinking the Faith

By Douglas John Hall
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Isbn : 9781451407235
  • Pages : 456
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 226
  • File Pdf: thinking-the-faith.pdf

Book Summary:

"As the Christian movement nears the end of its second millennium, it faces a crisis that could not have been anticipated at the close of the first thousand years—or, indeed, by most of our own great-grandparents. … "Since the most conspicuous dimensions of the waning of Christendom have to do with material decline (the decline in church membership and active attendance of Sunday services, the decline in financial and physical prosperity, the decline of influence in high places), such analyses as there are usually belabor the obvious: something drastic is happening to the churches! … "Throughout most of its long history, Christianity has not required of its adherents that they should think the faith. The historical accident of its political and cultural establishment 15 centuries ago… ensured that a thinking faith would be purely optional for members of the church. … "But thought-less faith, which has always been a contradiction in terms, is today a stage on the road to the extinction, not only of Christianity itself, but of whatever the architects of our civilization meant by 'Humanity.' Only a thinking faith can survive. Only a thinking faith can help the world survive! " ——From the Preface

The Temple of Hashem

By Hyam Yona Becker
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Gefen Publishing House Ltd
  • Isbn : 9789652291561
  • Pages : 316
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 830
  • File Pdf: the-temple-of-hashem.pdf

Book Summary:

Tzadok had planned to quit his career in archaeology and pursue religious studies full time. Instead he finds himself leading an Antarctic expedition exploring the vast frozen continent after its partition. With Enki, a Jewish Eskimo, as guide of their multi-ethnic team, they survive the dangers of the harsh trek across the mile-thick ice cap into a hidden canyon, and discover the Temple of Hashem.

Science Fiction

By Patrick Parrinder
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1136493409
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 148
  • File Pdf: science-fiction.pdf

Book Summary:

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Case of Conscience

By James Blish
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Isbn : 1504042441
  • Pages : 243
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 728
  • File Pdf: a-case-of-conscience.pdf

Book Summary:

A space-traveling Jesuit priest confronts a moral but godless alien race in this Hugo Award–winning novel by the author of the Cities in Flight saga. Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man, a Jesuit priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He doesn’t feel any genuine conflicts in his belief system—until he is sent to Lithia. The reptilian inhabitants of this distant world appear to be admirable in every way. Untroubled by greed or lust, they live in peace. But they have no concept of God, no literature, and no art. They rely purely on cold reason. But something darker lies beneath the surface: Do the Lithians pose a hidden threat? The answers that unfold could affect the fate of two worlds. Will Ruiz-Sanchez, a priest driven by his deeply human understanding of good and evil, do the right thing when confronted by a race that is alien to its core? The Science Fiction Encyclopedia lauds A Case of Conscience as “one of the first serious attempts to deal with religion [in science fiction], and [it] remains one of the most sophisticated. It is generally regarded as an SF classic.” Readers of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow, or Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz will find this award-winning novel a gripping, compelling exploration of some of the most intractable and important questions faced by the human species. Includes an introduction by Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Greg Bear.

Relativism, Alternate History, and the Forgetful Reader

By Derek Thiess
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Isbn : 0739196189
  • Pages : 195
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 436
  • File Pdf: relativism-alternate-history-and-the-forgetful-reader.pdf

Book Summary:

This book channels the speculative power of science fiction to examine the limits of postmodern philosophies of history. By contrasting the questioning nature of science fiction to postmodern philosophy of history, it finds that this postmodernism often engages in a forgetful, even ahistorical, reading of the past.

The Rhetoric of Antinuclear Fiction

By Patrick Mannix
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bucknell University Press
  • Isbn : 9780838752180
  • Pages : 191
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 568
  • File Pdf: the-rhetoric-of-antinuclear-fiction.pdf

Book Summary:

"Given the ever-present threat of world-wide calamity that nuclear weapons present, it is not surprising that they have fascinated fiction writers and filmmakers ever since their development. Nor is it surprising that many of these artists would seek to use their work to influence mass opinion about these weapons. What may be surprising is that few studies have been made of how antinuclear fiction actually attempts to persuade its audiences." "The Rhetoric of Antinuclear Fiction is an effort to do so. Organized around the three traditional modes of rhetorical appeal--the ethical, the rational, and the emotional--the book describes and classifies the persuasive strategies of a wide range of antinuclear fiction from the period 1945 to 1989. Works examined include On the Beach, Fail-Safe, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Dr. Strangelove, The Day After, War Day, Testament, Threads, and Riddley Walker." "During the course of these studies, Patrick Mannix reveals what sorts of fictional characters have been most widely used to deliver antinuclear messages, and he follows the major arguments of the nuclear debate as they have been reflected in fiction. He also shows which emotions are invoked most often to secure the audience's opposition to nuclear weapons and how those emotions have been generated by the creators of antinuclear fiction." "The range of characters that this volume examines includes the pacifistic but loyal Air Force general of Fail-Safe, the pious but shrewd monks of A Canticle for Leibowitz, the suburban housewife of Threads, and even the computer of War-games, which teaches humanity the folly of nuclear war." "We also follow fictional manifestations of the nuclear debate from veiled arguments for world government in The Day the Earth Stood Still, through warnings of the dangers of Mutual Assured Destruction depicted by Fail-Safe, Dr. Strangelove, and Wargames, to attacks on the concepts of limited nuclear war and the Strategic Defense Initiative in War Day." "This study also demonstrates the dynamic of fear in works as diverse as Ape and Essence, The Day After, and Them!, and dissects the powerful use of scorn in Dr. Strangelove. It also shows us the paradoxical role of hope in securing the effectiveness of antinuclear fiction." "While maintaining his focus on the persuasive nature of this literature, Mannix does consider the aesthetic value of the fiction he studies, noting that the relationship between the two elements is complex and often problematical. While admitting that the aesthetic elements of some works would limit their audience and therefore reduce the scope of their rhetorical effect, he demonstrates how the skillful combination of artistic and rhetorical elements raises a film like Dr. Strangelove above the similarly themed Fail-Safe as both a persuasive act and an aesthetic artifact."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Archive Incarnate

By Joseph Hurtgen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 1476633959
  • Pages : 209
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 801
  • File Pdf: the-archive-incarnate.pdf

Book Summary:

 We live in an information economy, a vast archive of data ever at our fingertips. In the pages of science fiction, powerful entities—governments and corporations—attempt to use this archive to control society, enforce conformity or turn citizens into passive consumers. Opposing them are protagonists fighting to liberate the collective mind from those who would enforce top-down control. Archival technology and its depictions in science fiction have developed dramatically since the 1950s. Ray Bradbury discusses archives in terms of books and television media, and Margaret Atwood in terms of magazines and journaling. William Gibson focused on technofuturistic cyberspace and brain-to-computer prosthetics, Bruce Sterling on genetics and society as an archive of social practices. Neal Stephenson has imagined post-cyberpunk matrix space and interactive primers. As the archive is altered, so are the humans that interact with ever-advancing technology.

Routledge Library Editions: Science Fiction

By Various Authors
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Isbn : 1000807096
  • Pages : 874
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 520
  • File Pdf: routledge-library-editions.pdf

Book Summary:

This set of three previously out-of-print volumes collects together in one place key areas of research into the genre of science fiction. It critically examines science fiction, establishing its common themes and definitions, and comprehensively assesses the sci-fi world in its entirety.

Science Fiction: A Critical Guide

By Patrick Parrinder
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1000378780
  • Pages : 250
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 701
  • File Pdf: science-fiction.pdf

Book Summary:

This book, first published in 1979, presents a portrait of science fiction as a distinct form of serious and creative literature. Contributors are drawn from Britain, America and Europe, and range from well-known academic critics to young novelists. The essays establish the common properties of science fiction writing, and assess the history and significance of a field in which critical judgements have often been unreliable. The material ranges from the earliest imaginative journeys to the moon, to later developments of British, American and European science fiction.

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