October 27, 2008
The Guardian Examines The Road's SF Ancestry
Sam Jordison in the Guardian looks at The Road and A Canticle For Leibowitz
Few who have read the winner of the 1961 Hugo award, A Canticle For Leibowitz, will have failed to recognise its influence on Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Yet when that latter book was garnering its ecstatic reviews back in 2006, the fact that it clearly fitted into a long science fiction tradition of post-apocalyptic speculation seemed to cause some discomfort. Rare and brave were the mainstream critics who recognised its SF antecedents without coughing and spluttering about how it somehow transcended the genre.
I still haven't read A Canticle For Leibowitz, it's on my Christmas list. The Road however was stomach knottingly brilliant.