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The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy (original 1972; edition 1985)

by Stanislaw Lem

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Title:The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy
Authors:Stanislaw Lem
Info:Mariner Books (1985), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 156 pages
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The Futurological Congress by Stanisław Lem (1972)

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Schon außergewöhnlich. ( )
  ufkls | Jun 20, 2017 |
The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem feels like a dream. A really bizarre one, you know? One where you find yourself falling off a cliff for some crazy reason, only to be saved by praying mantises on flying scooters?

Like that, but ten times weirder.

Full review → Joie des Livres
  schadelkopf | Apr 12, 2016 |
Science fiction as satire has been done before (see Gulliver's Travels) as have narratives that make you question whether the main character's experiences are actually happening (see anything by Leo Perutz) but Lem does both well and at the same time to boot. The opening convention was funny, something I don't say about many books, and the final two thirds go far enough down the rabbit hole that it started to make me question my guess as to what was truly going on. Lem has range, a quality few science fiction authors possess, and even if I prefer his more straight-faced science fiction books this one was a lot of fun too. ( )
1 vote BayardUS | Dec 10, 2014 |
It's entirely thanks to my sister, Jessa, that I discovered Lem, and thanks to the used bookstore in Mecosta that I keep finding old paperbooks of his and adding them to my collection.

This is a dystopian, chaotic future, full of rioting and hallucinogenic drugs used as societal control. This book is a hallucination within a hallucination within a hallucination. Where do they end? And what is the truth? The multiple hallucinations allow Lem to explore a number of possible futures and possible realities. None of which are terribly comforting. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156340402, Paperback)

Bringing his twin gifts of scientific speculation and scathing satire to bear on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unlucky cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the Eighth Futurological Congress. Caught up in local revolution, Tichy is shot and so critically wounded that he is flashfrozen to await a future cure. Translated by Michael Kandel.

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Bringing his twin gifts of scientific speculation and scathing satire to bear on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unlucky cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the Eighth Futurological Congress. Caught up in local revolution, Tichy is shot and so critically wounded that he is flashfrozen to await a future cure. Translated by Michael Kandel.… (more)

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