Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy

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Ijon Tichy is an ordinary space traveler who always follows his extraordinary curiosity, especially when it leads him to scientists working on the fringes of knowledge. Their plans are grandiose, and the bargains they make too often Faustian, for the ends they pursue concern humanity's greatest obsessions: immortality, artificial intelligence, and consumer goods.

By turn philosophical, satirical, and absurd, Lem's stories find Tichy both a participant in and an observer of ...

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Overview

Ijon Tichy is an ordinary space traveler who always follows his extraordinary curiosity, especially when it leads him to scientists working on the fringes of knowledge. Their plans are grandiose, and the bargains they make too often Faustian, for the ends they pursue concern humanity's greatest obsessions: immortality, artificial intelligence, and consumer goods.

By turn philosophical, satirical, and absurd, Lem's stories find Tichy both a participant in and an observer of strange experiments, One scientist has created artificial consciousness in black boxes, fooling machines into thinking they're human; another has created a gelatinous substance that shows disturbing signs of free will; still another has fallen victim to his own doppelgänger. But there are triumphs, however temporary. The revolution in laundry brought on by rival manufacturers of intelligent washing machines gives way to chaos as ever more sophisticated machines seduce their owners or turn to crime.

Faulty time machines, intergalactic tourists, intelligent (but suicidal) potatoes—Ijon Tichy navigates them all with common sense and resourcefulness and in so doing shows why he endures as one of Lem's most popular characters.

About the Authors:
Joel Stern and Maria Swiecicka-Ziemianek translated Memoirs of a Space Traveler. Their whereabouts are currently unknown. There is no evidence that washer-dryers of dubious reputation are responsible.

This sequel to Return From the Stars recounts more adventures of the zany space jockey.

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"[Lem is] a Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age, who plays in earnest with every concept of philosophy and physics, from free will to probability theory." —New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780790925387
  • Publisher: Texas Bookman, The
  • Publication date: 7/15/1994
  • Series: Ijon Tichy Series

Meet the Author

Stanislaw Lem is the most widely translated and best known science fiction author writing outside of the English language. Winner of the Kafka Prize, he is a contributor to many magazines, including the New Yorker, and he is the author of numerous works, including Solaris.
 

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Table of Contents

The Eighteenth Voyage
The Twenty-fourth Voyage
Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy
     I
     II
     III
     IV
     V
     (The Washing Machine Tragedy)

Doctor Diagoras
Let Us Save the Universe
(An Open Letter from Ijon Tichy)

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