The Star Diaries

The Star Diaries

None of Lem's series took so long to write;  there were thirty years between the first and last tale of „The Star Diaries” (“The Advantages of the Dragon”).  Author's inventiveness in creating fantastic worlds and extraordinary plots seems endless.  The famous interstellar traveler Ijon Tichy on the one hand resembles baron Münchausen, on the other – Gulliver. The tales of his incredible adventures bring as many hilarious and improbable events as serious reflections on the paradoxical nature of the world, of man and of his culture - based on contradictions.

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new scientist about summa technologiae

It is amazing how much Lem got right, or even predicted. This ranges across artificial intelligence, the theory of search engines (he called it “ariadnology”), bionics, virtual reality (“phantomatics”), technological singularity and nanotechnology.

Simon Ings "New Scientist"