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Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy Paperback – April 20, 1983
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Original Language: Polish --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The book is divided up into several sections, each of which could stand alone as a short story. Each piece is told in the first person by space traveler Ijon Tichy. He discusses his voyages beyond the Solar System and his encounters with an assortment of eccentric scientists on Earth.
"Memoirs" is a delightful, pungent blend of science fiction, philosophy, satire, and horror. Witty and haunting, funny and frightening, it's spiced by clever wordplay.
Lem deals with such topics as artificial intelligence, time travel, environmental exploitation, the nature of the human soul, and the origins of the universe. He describes many whimsical extraterrestrial species, such as the foul-tailed fetido and bottombiter chair ants. Overall, this wacky, surreal book shows Lem to be a soul brother to Edgar Allan Poe, Dr. Seuss, and Kurt Vonnegut.
The two "new" journies found in this book are the eighteenth and the twenty-eighth. The 18th is essentially a shorter, more readable version of the 20th (found in the parent volume), and the classic, oft-reprinted 28th deals with personal freedoms (the Phools and the Master Machine that was created to mediate their conflicts - and thus decides to refabricate them in stone to stop their chaotic quarrels).
The five "further reminiscences" are essentially humorless essays, each dealing with a specific philosophical idea. In each, Tichy comes into contact with some sort of scientific visionary (be it Corcoran, Decantor, Zazul, or Molteris), and, after ascertaining that they aren't insane, listens to their wild stories: Corcoran constructs mechanical brains whose lives and fate are mere recordings in a large steel drum; Decantor wants to immortalize the soul by encasing it in crystal; Zazul tells the gruesome story of his attempt to clone himself; Molteris produces a functional time machine, and, without examining the possible consequences, tests it on himself.Read more ›
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A loose-knit collection of stories that are, in part, a follow-up to Lem's The Futurological Congress's Ijohn Tichy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rich M.
years ahead of his time. brilliant social and psychological commentary. highly enjoyable.Published 14 months ago by Lee Rude
Wry, erudite, witty, in Lem's mannered, Soviet bloc style. Underneath is barely restrained contempt for the stupidity which Lem sees around him, and also reverence for the... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Tim Churches