A Canticle for Leibowitz/Trivia

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  • Creator Breakdown: St. Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman paints the Church more cynically, reflecting Miller's having become disenchanted with Catholicism over the years. It doesn't help that he committed suicide before the book was planned to be published.
  • Shout-Out: To this book: The fourth-season finale for Babylon 5 (filmed when it was confirmed there would be a fifth season) hints at the future of humanity and how the legends of the show's heroes would endure. The third part occurs after a planetary civil war, where a monastery secretly run by The Rangers is attempting to re-introduce technology. JMS realized halfway through writing the script that he was "channeling Canticle" but left it in as a homage.
  • Technology Marches On: At one point, Abbot Zerchi turns off a television with such anger that he breaks the knob off. Possibly justified in that this occurs almost 1800 years in the future, after technology has re-emerged.