A Canticle for Leibowitz Author:Walter M. Miller Jr. By the time of the 32nd century the atomic Flame Deluge was over. The earth was dead. All knowledge was gone. In a hellish, barren desert, a humble monk unearths a fragile link to 20th-century civilization. A handwritten document from the Blessed Saint Leibowitz that read: pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels-bring home for Emma.