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The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age…

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

by Stanisław Lem

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Read some of these for a college English class that was basically a history of science fiction. Keep in mind that the original author writes all of these in polish and then he has a translator. It is mind blowing how well these are done. ( )
  Schlyne | Nov 12, 2015 |
Wonderful lighthearted but thoughtful romp through the possibilities of artificial intelligence. ( )
  WilHowitt | Mar 19, 2015 |
Let me just start out by saying that I far prefer Lem's novels to his short stories. That said, I loved the higher math & quantum mechanics, probability humor throughout these stories. You probably wouldn't have to be a crazy quantum geek like me to appreciate it, but it would certainly help. ;)

Anyway, these are tales of a pair of constructor robots in a universe of robots and their exploits. They create the perfect generator of poetry, massive computers who can't do math, the perfect "prey" for a safari obsessed king, etc. They "the most advanced civilization" in the universe, after meeting the robot who discovered them (and was promptly beaten up and teleported away).

There are a lot of interesting ideas here, but for those new to Lem, I would recommend starting with Peace on Earth instead. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
Basme pilduitoare cu roboți. ( )
  mariusgm | Sep 12, 2014 |
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Lem, Stanisławprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
義治, 村手翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fernandes, StanislawCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kandel, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kannosto, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mróz, DanielIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rey, LuisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Żył raz pewien wielki konstruktor-wynalazca, który nie ustając, wymyślał urządzenia niezwykłe i najdziwniejsze stwarzał aparaty.
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A brilliantly crafted collection of stories from celebrated science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem


Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers. Playfully written, and ranging from the prophetic to the surreal, these stories demonstrate Stanislaw Lem's vast talent and remarkable ability to blend meaning and magic into a wholly entertaining and captivating work.

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