Read This: Emergence

I first read Emergence, by David R. Palmer, in the magazine Analog back in 1981. I was thrilled with it then. The protagonist, Candy Smith-Foster, all of eleven years old, was a self-described plucky female adventurer taking on a depopulated post-apocalypse world with the help of her hyacinthine macaw companion. How could I not be thrilled?

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Read This: A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller, Jr’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a novel heavy with philosophical observations about faith, hope, and human frailty in the long wake of a nuclear apocalypse. The following is what I took away with me.

In broad outline, A Canticle for Leibowitz tracks the progress of humanity over the eighteen centuries following a worldwide nuclear apocalypse.

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