Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

by Stanislaw Lem
     
 

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Are the self-programming robots on the moon ensuring "peace on Earth, " or are they secretly plotting a terrestrial invasion of their own? This "futuristic version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (Boston Phoenix) presents a hilarious take on the conflict between the world's two hemispheres from "one of science fiction's true intellectuals" (Kirkus).  See more details below

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Are the self-programming robots on the moon ensuring "peace on Earth, " or are they secretly plotting a terrestrial invasion of their own? This "futuristic version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (Boston Phoenix) presents a hilarious take on the conflict between the world's two hemispheres from "one of science fiction's true intellectuals" (Kirkus).

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lem's latest futuristic satire sends his redoubtable protagonist Ijon Tichy-hero of The Futurological Congress, among other works-to the moon, which has been given over to intelligent, self-evolving war machines in a kind of super-detente. Weapons are banned on Earth, while each nation's robot army runs an arms race on the moon. When the governments of Earth become concerned that the machines are planning an invasion of the mother world, the Lunar Agency dispatches Tichy and several remote-controlled robots to investigate. What Tichy finds on the moon provides Lem with a first-class opportunity to skewer military thinking and arms-race politics (it's to the author's credit that his deft takeoff of the Cold War in no way seems dated). Even stranger, however, is what happens to Tichy himself-a bizarre encounter with an unusual weapon results in a unique twist on the theme of split personalities. Humor and a breathless pace create a delightful and thought-provoking read. (Sept.)
Library Journal
While engaged in a clandestine operation on the moon's surface, agent Ijon Tichy suffers a mishap that severs the connections between his right and left brains, rendering himself his own worst enemy. Poland's premier sf writer offers a resounding send-up of modern society in his latest novel. Readers familiar with the author's wildly funny yet discerningly articulate speculations will not be disappointed. A good choice for general and sf collections.
Carl Hays
For die-hard Lem fans, any new work featuring his lovably hapless hero, Ijon Tichy, of "Star Diaries" fame, is a welcome treat. Here, the legendary polymath and veteran of uncountable universe-spanning misadventures stays closer to home, on a mission to uncover secret information about the reigning superpowers' new breed of intelligent, entirely autonomous weapons. While visiting the moon, where all nations' military arsenals are now located, one high-tech weapon slices through Tichy's corpus callosum, severing the left and right hemispheres of his brain. So now Tichy can type only with his right hand, while his left pinches women's behinds and otherwise acts with a mind of its own. Not only that, but Tichy's memories of what happened on the moon are hidden away in the mischievous right side of his brain, and the fate of nations may depend on their secrets. As usual, Tichy's dilemmas become a fascinating forum for Lem's often brilliant speculations, this time on the future of military technology. Another gem from one of sf's towering geniuses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151715541
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/23/1994
Series:
Ijon Tichy Series
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.98(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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