The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age

Author(s): Stanislaw Lem

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"Lem has an almost Dickensian genius for vividly realizing the tragedy and comedy of future machines." --The New York Times Book Review

These are the stories of Trurl and Klapaucius, master inventors and engineers known as "constructors," who have created marvels for kingdoms. Friends and rivals, they are constantly outdoing and challenging each other to reveal the next great evolution in cybernetics, and the exploits of these brilliant men are nothing short of incredible.
 
From tales of love, in which a robotic prince must woo a robotic princess enchanted by pleasures of true flesh, to epics of battle, in which the heroic constructors must use their considerable wit to outsmart a monarch obsessed with hunting, to examinations of humanity, wherein Trurl and Klapaucius must confront the limits of their skills and the meaning of true perfection, these stories are rich with profound questions, unimaginable marvels, and remarkable feats.
 
Hailed as "the most completely successful of [Lem's] books," The Cyberiad is an outrageously funny and incomparably wise collection of short stories, taking an insightful look at mechanics, technology, invention, and human ambition (The Boston Globe).

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A Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age New York Times

Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) was born in Lviv, then part of Poland. He is probably the most original and influential European science-fiction writer since H.G. Wells. Best known in the West for Tarkovsky's film of his novel Solaris, Lem wrote novels and stories that have been published all over the world. He is credited with anticipating in his writing artificial reality, e-books and nano-technology. His most famous works include Solaris, Tales of Pirx the Pilot, the Summa Technologiae and The Futurological Congress.

General Fields

  • : 9780141394596
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : June 2014
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2014
  • : books

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  • : Stanislaw Lem
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 304
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