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Written in the style of a detective novel, The Chain of Chance is classic Lem: a combination of action, hard science, and philosophical investigation. An ex-astronaut is hired to look into the death of a wealthy businessman, one of several men to meet a gruesome end after visiting ...
Written in the style of a detective novel, The Chain of Chance is classic Lem: a combination of action, hard science, and philosophical investigation. An ex-astronaut is hired to look into the death of a wealthy businessman, one of several men to meet a gruesome end after visiting Naples. The authorities suspect a pattern, but neither detectives nor a sophisticated computer enlisted for the investigation can crack the case.
On a trial leading from Naples to Rome to Paris, the ex-astronaut barely escapes numerous seemingly random threats on his life. Having set himself up as a potential victim, he realizes that he may now be the target of a deadly conspiracy—and that the conspiracy is not the work of a criminal mind but a manifestation of the laws of nature. The population has numerically exceeded its critical mass; certain patterns have begun to emerge from the chaotic workings of society. As the ex-astronaut unravels the puzzle, he begins to see that some of those patterns can be fatal.
A singular mystery novel, The Chain of Chance proposes an original scientific hypothesis in the form of a story layered with menace and driven at breakneck speed. It is among Lem's most accessible and popular books.
About the Author:
Stanislaw Lem is an internationally renowned author of more than twenty works of science fiction, including One Human Minute, More Tales of Pirx the Pilot, and Solaris. His books A Perfect Vacuum andHis Master's Voice were published by Northwestern University Press in 1999. He was born in Lvov, Poland, and lives in Krakow.
Louis Iribarne is a widely published translator. His work includes books by Czeslaw Milosz and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, as well as Lem's Tales of Pirx the Pilot and More Tales of Pirx the Pilot.
An intricate, tightly plotted mystery with a sci-fi twist by "a science fiction writer worthy of a Nobel prize."--New York Times