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  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780262538503
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $37.00

Memoirs of a Space Traveler

Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy



The travels of Ijon Tichy, a Gulliver of the space age, who encounters faulty time machines, intelligent washing machines, suicidal potatoes, and other puzzling phenomena.Memoirs of a Space Traveler follows the adventures of Ijon Tichy, a Gulliver of the space age, who leads readers through strange experiments involving, among other puzzling phenomena, faulty time machines, intelligent washing machines, and suicidal potatoes. The scientists Tichy encounters make plans that are grandiose, and strike bargains that are Faustian. They pursue humanity's greatest and most ancient obsessions: immortality, artificial intelligence, and top-of-the-line consumer items.
By turns satirical, philosophical, and absurd, these stories express the most starkly original and prescient notions of a master of speculative fiction.

  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780262538503
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Stanislaw Lem

Stanislaw Lem was a Polish author best known for his 1961 science fiction novel Solaris. He also wrote several other SF works including Eden (1959) and His Master's Voice (1968). Lem's books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold over 45 million copies. He was awarded numerous honours for his writing, including the City of Kraków's Prize in Literature, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. Lem died in 2006, aged 84.

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Praise for Memoirs of a Space Traveler

"The late Lem (1921–2006) demonstrates his mastery of satirical science fiction in this witty collection of six stories… This classic collection will appeal to readers who like their science fiction light and effervescent."  —Publishers Weekly "The release of these new volumes seems to expand the possibilities of what a university publisher can do." —LitHub "Fourteen years after his death, the universe is still struggling to catch up with the vast creative force that was Stanisław Lem. And for my money, it won't be surpassing him anytime soon…Enjoying the genius of Lem requires readerly dexterity and a willingness to go wherever the author takes you…These marvelous, absorbing and often hilarious books make our weary universe seem pale and undistinguished by comparison." —The Washington Post

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