Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman

Hardcover, 434 pages

English language

Published Oct. 1, 1997 by Bantam Books.

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Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman (1997) is a science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller Jr. It is a follow-up to Miller's 1959 book A Canticle for Leibowitz. Miller wrote the majority of the novel before his death in 1996; the rest was completed based on Miller's notes and outlines by Terry Bisson. The novel is set chronologically some eighty years after the events of the second part of A Canticle for Leibowitz, "Fiat Lux" (c. 3254 AD). In the novel, the city of New Rome has been captured and allowed to decay by the Empire of Texarkana, led by the emperor Filpeo Harq. The Papacy, in exile from New Rome, now resides in the city of Valana. The story chronicles the plan of a cardinal-deacon and his closest allies to unite the remaining independent nations in North America against the Empire, and to restore power …

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I read A Canticle for Leibowitz for a university course years ago and the time spent analysing it gave me a strong appreciation for it. Finally reading its sequel was a rewarding return to that world. The dense meaning and compellingly strange world of the first novel aren't here as strongly, but there's enough of both that it's worth experiencing.

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