View Full Version : Looking for novels/shorts similar to A Canticle for Leibowitz

10-10-2012, 22:18
A Canticle for Leibowitz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Canticle_for_Leibowitz) is the story of a religious order who take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it. I think its a really good book (I also like act four of the Babylon 5 story The Deconstruction of Falling Stars for the same reason) and I am looking for storys simliar to Canticle

I plan to get Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Leibowitz_and_the_Wild_Horse_Woman) but I am looking for other storys that have some of the following key items:

cyclic history - the same main points being repeated later in history - people not learning from their lessons and repeating history
Religious themed science fiction
The history of the world being keep and almost being revered as godly
'Secret Orders' looking after the wider world, making sure that information/knowledge is kept until people learn for to use it
Modern countries/technology being used in a medeival way/being perverted into a higher cause such as in Amtrak wars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amtrak_wars) or The Postman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Postman)

11-10-2012, 09:43
It doesn't deal very much with your first point, but I always thought Dune dealt well with religion in a science fiction setting - especially with regards to how it shaped and was shaped by the technology.

Alternatively, Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. :)

There may also be something of interest in the Literature sections of these TVTropespages:


Stephen Vincent Benet's By The Waters of Babylon might interest you:

de Selby
11-10-2012, 12:24
Asimov's Foundation trilogy would cover several of your bases.