The lonely wanderer is a common image across all genres of literature, and in science fiction this image has its manifestations as well. (Note the wandering Jew in Walter M. Miller s A Canticle for Leibowitz ). The wanderer is the opposite of the pilgrim; the first is aimless, the second directed. In Buddhism, the wandering man is one who is caught in a cycle of birth and death until enlightenment is achieved, thus attaining the motionless center (Cooper, 188).

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