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Tales Of Pirx The Pilot by Stanislaw Lem
Tales Of Pirx The Pilot by Stanislaw Lem
This collection of stories by Lem is based around a chubby cadet by the name of Pirx. The character is plucky and gets into all sorts of fixes. I found the first short story the most surprising and fun to read. It's most vivid antagonist are two insects, and it's wildly creative. Another very good story is this one about a robot re-living over and over the last few hours before the death of an entire ship (this was before Pirx's time). A very haunting tale. Overall, a great collection!
Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences&hellip by Stanislaw Lem
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you have never read a Lem story before, then I highly recommend this novel as a starting point. In this book of short stories, Lem is at at his artful best. Startlingly simple and surprisingly shrewd, the stories expound upon many of the ageless questions which humanity as a whole have attempted to deal with since the beginning of consciousness i.e. genesis of man, existence of spirit/soul, man's primal instinct to destruct etc. In short, this collection of stories serve as a delicious sample of the smorgasboard of creative delights that Lem is known for. His acerbic wit, intellectual prowess, and devastatingly entertaining drollness are all apparent within this collection. A great… Read more
Return From The Stars by Stanislaw Lem
Return From The Stars by Stanislaw Lem
5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly engaging ..., Nov. 4 2001
This one is a page-turner that keeps you up till all hours of the night! It is not like some of Lem's more comedic novel(la)s but nonetheless it is still a great read. Great characterization and offers a philosophical look at the improvement of society and space travel, amongst other issues. It is precisely Lem's blending of cognitive, societal, moral, and scientific issues that leave other sci-fi writers in the dust... Without a doubt, Lem does credit to the genre.