This is the way the world ends…

Review of Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter MillerBy COYLE NEALThe unthinkable has happened. Civilization has been eliminated by nuclear war. Following the war, the survivors blamed the disaster on intellectuals, and in the “great simplification,” books were burned and the well-educated were lynched. Only in the monasteries did reading and writing live on—and there only in the greatest of secrecy. Canticle for Leibowitz, Miller’s classic work of science fiction, deals with the aftermath o … [Read more...]

We the Underpeople

Review of We the Underpeople by Cordwainer SmithBy COYLE NEALThe year is 15,000 A.D, and humanity is perfect. People live for four hundred years in perfect health, and die a perfectly peaceful and perfectly happy death when their time is up. All hard work is done by devoted robots and loving “underpeople”—human-like versions of man’s best animal friends to do the dirty labor that had oppressed people for so long. Despite being spread out across hundreds of worlds, humanity has solved all … [Read more...]