Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy

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Ijon Tichy is an ordinary space traveler whose extraordinary curiosity leads him to the very fringes of science. Their plans are grandiose, the bargains they make too often Faustian, for the ends these scientists pursue concern humanity's greatest and most ancient obsessions: immortality, artificial intelligence, and top-of-the-line consumer items.

By turns philosophical, satirical, and absurd, Lem's stories follow Ijon's adventures as both an observer of--and participant ...

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Overview


Ijon Tichy is an ordinary space traveler whose extraordinary curiosity leads him to the very fringes of science. Their plans are grandiose, the bargains they make too often Faustian, for the ends these scientists pursue concern humanity's greatest and most ancient obsessions: immortality, artificial intelligence, and top-of-the-line consumer items.

By turns philosophical, satirical, and absurd, Lem's stories follow Ijon's adventures as both an observer of--and participant in--strange experiments. Faulty time machines, intelligent washing machines, suicidal potatoes--Ijon Tichy navigates them all with common sense and in so doing shows why he endures as one of Lem's most popular characters.

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: 9780810117327
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Ijon Tichy Series
  • Pages: 153
  • Sales rank: 1,511,740
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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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