Thursday, September 21, 2006
Six hundred years in the future a monk discovers the remains of a fallout shelter in Utah. Inside the shelter are relics of the as yet un-canonized St. Leibowitz, a physicist who helped build the bombs which eventually destroyed the world. Much as the monks of medieval Christendom preserved the mathematics and science of the ancients in their libraries, the monks of the future preserve and attempt to understand the science of our day long after we've blown ourselves up. Should the Church allow this knowledge to re-emerge? Is Man destined to the same eternal cycle of self-destruction? Short answer, yes.
A clever little relic of the Cold War. On the Beach meets St. Augustine. Not the best future history featuring religion as its centerpiece (that would be Dune), but sophisticated and savvy.