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Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanisław Lem
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Tales of Pirx the Pilot (1979)

by Stanisław Lem

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    The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison (codeeater)
    codeeater: Die nicht ganz todernsten, episoden-haften Geschichten von Pirx erinnern mich an Stahlratte.
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Pirx ist ein normaler Mensch und kein Held, dies macht die Geschichten/Kurzgeschichten sehr realistisch.
Dem Alter des Buchs entsprechend ist es vor allem technische Weltraum-SF, das habe ich aber auch nicht anders erwartet. ( )
  volumed42 | May 1, 2019 |
Pirx is not the best I have read by Lem, but, for me, these simple tales are very satisfying. The progression is chronological but with large gaps as Lem captures interesting episodes of Prix career from young cadet to full-fledged navigator. Over time, Pirx loses his air of the preening day-dreamer spinning fantasies of glory. While Prix grows into his profession and into adulthood, Lem never let's us forget that space flight is a serious business and that the cost of getting better at it is often gained in the postmortem of events that went tragically awry. Pirx is not the brightest tool in the shed, but he is steady and keeps his head in a scrape. While never achieving the almost elemental status of Conrad's captains who reveal their metal when the storm is raging, Prix muddles his way through and his instincts are good.

Lem keeps the tales simple but he knows how to find small seams of gold. Lem just clicks for me and did the very first time I read him. I could never recommend Lem with great confidence to another reader without some understanding of their sensibilities. As for me, I like the quirkiness, the wryness, the balancing on a razor's edge between the real and what lies just on the other side of it. Most of all, Lem never loses sight of the human being(s) at the heart of all good stories. ( )
  tsgood | Mar 8, 2015 |
Great classical Scifi - good story structure - good slow reveal / suspense makes for good dramatic structure.

Good underlying scientific reasoning for odd and unusual events makes for a great underlying technical structure.

Doesn't provide as much depth of character as a modern novel

overall 80%
probably won't make the effort to track down more by author ( )
  jason9292 | Jan 22, 2015 |
Pirx... simpleton or genius?... in these tales Lem treats us to a thoroughly engaging character in Pirx the Pilot who is a bit like the Good Soldier Schweik if he were to be sent into space. ( )
  zenosbooks | Feb 25, 2009 |
Tales of Pirx the Pilot is a strong and varied collection from Stanislaw Lem. I found this book quite a bit more enjoyable than Star Diaries. The five stories offer a blend of mystery and adventure with touches of dark humor, all in the context of the reasonably near future settlement of the solar system. Pirx is a likable, if not particularly brilliant, protagonist. “Terminus,” a sort of robot ghost story, is the star of the collection. ( )
  clong | Mar 21, 2008 |
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Stanisław Lemprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ackerman, WendayneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buschmann, RoswithaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iribarne, LouisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krauz, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Rey, LuisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In Pilot Pirx, Lem has created an irresistibly likable character: an astronaut who gives the impression of still navigating by the seat of his pants-a bumbler but an inspired one. By investing Pirx with a range of human foibles, Lem offers a wonderful vision of the audacity, childlike curiosity, and intuition that can give humans the courage to confront outer space. Translated by Louis Iribarne. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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A series of linked short stories of the adventures of Commander Pirx, who drives space vehicles for a living in the galaxy of the future.

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