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The Polish sf writer's Star Diaries is a crazy-quilt collection of pieces written, according to Kandel, "over a period of twenty years" and published in 1971. They present the voyages of Ijon Tichy, an incomparable and apparently indestructible fathead who is to the future what J. Wesley Smith (of the immortal cartoon "Through History With...") was to the past. Tichy bumbles and stumbles around the cosmos running out of gas between stars, sneaking around in cybernetic drag on a planet of mad robots, trying to duplicate himself (in a tail-chasing time loop near a "gravitational vortex") long enough to do a two-man rudder repair job, botching up the course of human events in a history-salvaging operation. Lem veers between joyous slapstick, freewheeling satire, and insanely involuted logical paradoxes - with surprisingly serious excursions into issues of will and faith. Funny, unexpected, tantalizing. (Kirkus Reviews)
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the first voyage in the book was great fun, I enjoyed the rest of the voyages, they were very imaginative, however, I think I would have enjoyed the stories more if I had read... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harvey James Smith
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This is such a delightful book you don't realize that you are learning laws of physics. I buy it as a present for any thinker - no matter what age.Published on November 27, 2012 by Charlotte