Earthly expedition tries to communicate with the civilization of the remote planet Quinta, however these attempts fail because Quintians avoid contact at all cost. Lem ingeniously equipped his Astronauts with adequate technology, but it did not help them realize the everlasting dream of humanity of exchanging experiences with brothers in reason. Hence strangeness remains - as always with Lem – inscrutable, and people remain wrapped for eternity in their mythologies. “Fiasco”, the last novel by Lem, bitter and pessimistic, summarizes the most important traits of his writing.
The man who said this was no longer looking at the pilot in the spacesuit with the helmet under his arm. In the circular control room - horseshoe console in the middle - he went to the wall of glass and looked out at the ship, a large even though distant cylinder, charred around its jets.