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By turn philosophical, satirical, and absurd, Lem's stories find Tichy both a participant in and an observer of ...
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.
Posted May 27, 2012
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