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Recommended book: The Cyberiad

One of my favorite authors is Stanislaw Lem. One of my favorite books of him (and one of my favorite books in general) is “The Cyberiad”. Look here for a sample from that book (“How the world was saved”) explaining the real reason why the night sky is so empty: http://english.lem.pl/index.php/works/novels/the-cyberiad I am not sure this is really science fiction, certainly not in the normal sense of the word, but in a deeper sense, it might be the only type of fiction that really deserves that term.

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Stanislaw Lem

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6 thoughts on “Recommended book: The Cyberiad

  1. Reblogged this on The Asifoscope and commented:

    In a TV talk show (I think a program called “3 nach 9” in one German TV-Channel (Radiao Bremen (?)) in the late 1970s or early 1980s (I don’t remember), Lem said that there are two types of books, those that contain feelings and those that contain ideas.
    Personally, I am more inclined to the books containing ideas, and Lem was one of the masters in this direction, writing some sparklingly intelligent books, mixing fiction with philosophy.

    • Lem also wrote a book with “robot fairy tails”, I don’t know if there is an English translation of that. It is similar in style to the Cyberiad, but even more like fairy tails and not about Trurl and Klapaucius. The influence of fairy tails is definitely there.

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