Welcome to the next installment of our nerdy book club. This month's reading is a classic that I had never heard of before Sid told me about it. But it is still a classic right? I mean it shouldn't matter that I hadn't heard of it, right? Anyway, we will be reading A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Here is the Amazon write up with some personal edits:
"In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge (Nuclear Holocaust) has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: holy relics from the life of the great saint himself, including the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list, and the hallowed shrine of the Fallout Shelter. In a terrifying age of darkness and decay, these artifacts could be the keys to mankind's salvation. But as the mystery at the core of this groundbreaking novel unfolds, it is the search itself—for meaning, for truth, for love—that offers hope for humanity's rebirth from the ashes."
This is a post apocalyptic interpretation of the world written at a time when they thought that a real apocalypse was just around the corner. Many people really believe the world was about to explode. Discussion topics will like involve such ideas as: 1) what about the zombies? 2) What places and structures will be left over from our time and what will future civilizations think we were up to? 3) Who has played Fallout and what does that game teach us about the world we live in (I hear it's being made into a movie... so excited.) And 4) Will Nerds really inherit the earth?
The location is subject to change depending on how many people sign up. I want to pick something in/near north county since I've been making everyone come downtown so far. Then maybe something east and south for future book clubs. If anyone knows a cool place that can fit 20 or so people, let me know.