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[download kindle] CyberiadaAuthor Stanisław Lem –

If you re only going to read one Lem in your lifeseek medical help There are several essential Lem books and stories.And this is one of them Both of them Something like that It s an essential Lem book of essential Lem stories.The basic outline is simple two robot inventors they are robots and they invent robots whether they invented themselves is indeed an open question appear, one or the other or both, in some fashion, in a series of stories set in a universe of robots The inventors friends, rivals, and each the only one capable of understanding the other s genius are Nasrudin like figures, both wise and fools, both creating problems and solving them, meeting common robot folk and uncommon robot world leaders They try to one up one another, they try to help one another, and through it all they teach by doing and do by teaching Maybe the comparison to Mullah Nasrudin is apt than I d realized If Mullah Nasrudin were two space travelling robot inventors.Yeah, that s the book.Read it.And btw, it s hilarious, it s a quick read, and it s really easy to get ahold of. While I was initially tempted to treat this collection of 1965 short SF stories with kid gloves because I was already a huge fan of Solaris, I didn t quite understand that this collection was already a heavyweight of humor, satire, and delight Where the hell have I been I should have read this back when I was a kid Alongside Hitchhiker s Guide As I read this, I gave a constant chuckle rumble, especially with the Seven Sallies of Trurl and Klapaucius These two master builder robots get along with their wits and near infinite capability to make things Anything And they are tricksters Very funny tricksters.The one time that Trurl made a poetry machine, I was f ing spoiled by some of the best math poetry I ve ever read, and here s the kicker This was translated from Polish Hell, it was translated into several dozen languages But the English translation retained ALL its flavor It was honestly funny All of this was light, clever, and always to the point These are traditional fables, almost like the old Chivalric tradition, but add the element of gods granting everyone s wishes to the downfall of the wisher, and you ve got a very good idea about what s going on here Oh, and almost every character is a robot The wisecracking kind.I admit I ve read a number of things like this, but never to this one s high quality This is a perfect cure for grimdark malaise. It all happened in days of yore, long before the invasion of cyberpunk Cyborgs were merry and mischievous then And they were cunningly inventive Next there was a boom, a puff of yellow smoke, and something came rocketing out, a form as blurry as a tornado and with the general consistency of a sandstorm it arced through the air so fast that no one really got a good look at it anyway Whatever it was flew a hundred paces or and landed without a sound the curtain that had been wrapped around it floated to the earth, glass bells tinkling oddly in that perfect silence, and lay there like a crushed strawberry Now everyone could see the beast clearly though it wasn t clear at all, but looked a little like a hill, rather large, fairly long, its color much like its surroundings, a clump of dried up weeds The King s huntsmen unleashed the whole pack of automated hounds mainly Saint Cybernards and Cyberman pinschers, with an occasional high frequency terrier these hurled themselves, howling and slavering, at the crouching beast The beast didn t rear back, didn t roar, didn t even breathe fire, but only opened its two eyes wide and reduced half the pack to ashes in a trice.This is an absolute beast created by the unsurpassed robotic constructors optimistic and resilient Trurl and his pessimistic and ironic colleague Klapaucius Their colourful adventures and mishaps throughout the entire universe are simply unrepeatable Everyone knows that dragons don t exist But while this simplistic formulation may satisfy the layman, it does not suffice for the scientific mind The School of Higher Neantical Nillity is in fact wholly unconcerned with what does exist Indeed, the banality of existence has been so amply demonstrated, there is no need for us to discuss it any further here The brilliant Cerebron, attacking the problem analytically, discovered three distinct kinds of dragon the mythical, the chimerical, and the purely hypothetical They were all, one might say, nonexistent, but each non existed in an entirely different way.As one can clearly see all the reflections in the book are profoundly philosophic and strictly scientific Pugg meanwhile sat propped up against the barrel and read, as that diamond pen which the Demon employed to record everything it learned from the oscillating atoms squeaked on and on, and he read about how exactly Harlebardonian wrigglers wriggle, and that the daughter of King Petrolius of Labondia is named Humpinella, and what Frederick the Second, one of the paleface kings, had for lunch before he declared war against the Gwendoliths, and how many electron shells an atom of thermionolium would have, if such an element existed, and what is the cloacal diameter of a small bird called the tufted twit, which is painted by the Wabian Marchpanes on their sacrificial urns, and also of the tripartite taste of the oceanic ooze on Polypelagid Diaphana, and of the flower Dybbulyk, that beats the Lower Malfundican hunters black and blue whenever they waken it at dawn, and how to obtain the angle of the base of an irregular icosahedron, and who was the jeweler of Gufus, the left handed butcher of the Bovants, and the number of volumes on philately to be published in the year seventy thousand on Marinautica, and where to find the tomb of Cybrinda the Red toed, who was nailed to her bed by a certain Clamonder in a drunken fit It sounds so familiar It looks like Stanis aw Lem could predict the appearance of the Internet so many years ago.Do androids dream of electric fairytale tellers If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.The Laws of Thermodynamics The Cyberiad Stories by Stanislaw Lem Original Review, 1980 Some people s complaint about The Hitchiker s Guide to the Galaxy is reminiscent of a friend s complaint about Stanislaw Lem s Cyberiad Tales for a Cybernetic Age He thought it was just a series of disconnected tales that were everything that sf is ridiculed as being , petty, and demeaning Then one day I snuck up on him and read him the start of the story on Dragons and Probability, and he burst out laughing. Not only did this book make me want to read everything that Lem has ever written, it also makes me want to buy everything Michael Kandel has ever translated.One of the saddest things about becoming an adult is growing bored with most of the stories you loved as a child the Jatakas, the Panchatantras, folk stories Finding the Cyberiad is like rediscovering your childhood love of fables This is a book I m going to be coming back to many many times. A peerless collection of stunning fables, bursting with imaginative madness and the most impressive punnilinguistics in sci fi The inclusion of this collection in Penguin Classics proves that Lem is one of the most original writers of the last century, not merely under the sci fi bumbershoot, in the whole of bigbookdom Also a feat of remarkable translation from Michael Kandel, on a par with the Oulipian masters Gilbert Adair or Barbara Wright. 3.5 stars My first experience with Stanislaw Lem and it will certainly not be my last The stories are very good some are brilliant , but I believe they work better in small doses rather than one after the other Nonetheless, a gifted writer. A Brilliantly Funny Collection Of Stories For The Next Age, From The Celebrated Author Of Solaris Ranging From The Prophetic To The Surreal, These Stories Demonstrate Stanislaw Lem S Vast Talent And Remarkable Ability To Blend Meaning And Magic Into A Wholly Entertaining And Captivating Work Another masterwork of this brilliant writter.Obviously i have read this work in spanish because this polish collection of tales is almost intranslatable,it is full of fun neologisms of all sort.It is a extremely funny and satiric book,but also serious deep in almost all branches of philosophy,transhumanism and physics.Lem builds a astounding medieval, cibernetic,mechanic world were he develops the adventures of two ciberetic beings ,the builders,Trul and Claupacius.Below this apparently absurd and grotesque fables,full of distorted philosophic ,matematical and physical neologisms ,underlie many times deep concepts of philosophy and advanced phisics and mathematics,carried to bizarre limits.For put a example,we have the astounding tale The Dragons of Probability where the builders make a machine that increases the probability till near 1,as a consecuence very improbable events become real and the second law of termodinamics is broken,this lead to very improbable arranges of the matter that makes possible the existence of dragons,the spontaneus motion of inert stones and so on.Other long tale touch subjects as the existence of God or themans creating robots and robots creating mans in a infinite loop.A joker,satiric,extremely original and deep work that one reads with a big smile from the begining till the end.Without doubt reccomendable. Cybernetic fables, simultaneously very old and very new At his best, Lem is playful and wise in the manner of certain Calvino At his worst, he tales off into long strings of silly words and technobabble puns As such, I had to take a few breaks, but ended up being well rewarded for my time the later stories within stories within stories a nested Arabian Nights, or rather a Sarragossa Manuscript seem to really be making an attempt to interrogate the universe, and its observations are sad and thoughtful beneath the clowning I even actually felt myself drawn a little closer to the characters, props and automata that they may well be Really, that s the main issue I had here these really are fables than stories, and as such it s difficult to really get close to the characters or narratives for the most part But fables have there place of course, and many of these are good ones.