Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy

Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy

Stanisław Lem Joel Stern Maria Swiecicka-Ziemianek / Apr 25, 2019

Memoirs of a Space Traveler Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy The adventures and encounters of Ijon Tichy tourist of the universe and protagonist of the previously published Star Diaries are Stanislaw Lem s satirical response to conventional science fiction Ti

  • Title: Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy
  • Author: Stanisław Lem Joel Stern Maria Swiecicka-Ziemianek
  • ISBN: 0151588562
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The adventures and encounters of Ijon Tichy, tourist of the universe and protagonist of the previously published Star Diaries, are Stanislaw Lem s satirical response to conventional science fiction Tichy, the space traveler of future centuries, reveals that out there really isn t so very different from down here, since people are, after all, people everywhere Thus, hThe adventures and encounters of Ijon Tichy, tourist of the universe and protagonist of the previously published Star Diaries, are Stanislaw Lem s satirical response to conventional science fiction Tichy, the space traveler of future centuries, reveals that out there really isn t so very different from down here, since people are, after all, people everywhere Thus, he is not amazed when he meets up with a galactic society presided over by the Plenum Moronicum, which appoints as ruler a ruthless Machine the inhabitants, docilely cooperating in their own destruction, go by the name of Phools.When he is not voyaging in space, Tichy is a magnet for eccentric unrecognized inventors of splenetic genius, whose spooky experiments are revealed to him with megalomaniacal pride One has invented no less an object than the soul another, on the island of Crete, has gone the full length of cybernetic evolution, with particularly gruesome results In one episode, washing machines go through astounding transformations and absorb the functions of an army of human beings, laying the foundations for a new civilization, one that is totally electrified.Lem s riotous imagination, with its impressive technical, sociological, and philosophical underpinnings, finds a singularly appropriate mouthpiece in Ijon Tichy, explorer and would be Saviour of the Universe.

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      • Stanisław Lem Joel Stern Maria Swiecicka-Ziemianek

        Stanis aw Lem sta iswaf l m was a Polish science fiction, philosophical and satirical writer of Jewish descent His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 27 million copies He is perhaps best known as the author of Solaris, which has twice been made into a feature film In 1976, Theodore Sturgeon claimed that Lem was the most widely read science fiction writer in the world.His works explore philosophical themes speculation on technology, the nature of intelligence, the impossibility of mutual communication and understanding, despair about human limitations and humankind s place in the universe They are sometimes presented as fiction, but others are in the form of essays or philosophical books Translations of his works are difficult and multiple translated versions of his works exist.Lem became truly productive after 1956, when the de Stalinization period led to the Polish October , when Poland experienced an increase in freedom of speech Between 1956 and 1968, Lem authored 17 books His works were widely translated abroad although mostly in the Eastern Bloc countries In 1957 he published his first non fiction, philosophical book, Dialogi Dialogues , one of his two most famous philosophical texts along with Summa Technologiae 1964 The Summa is notable for being a unique analysis of prospective social, cybernetic, and biological advances In this work, Lem discusses philosophical implications of technologies that were completely in the realm of science fiction then, but are gaining importance today like, for instance, virtual reality and nanotechnology Over the next few decades, he published many books, both science fiction and philosophical futurological, although from the 1980s onwards he tended to concentrate on philosophical texts and essays.He gained international fame for The Cyberiad, a series of humorous short stories from a mechanical universe ruled by robots, first published in English in 1974 His best known novels include Solaris 1961 , His Master s Voice G os pana, 1968 , and the late Fiasco Fiasko, 1987 , expressing most strongly his major theme of the futility of mankind s attempts to comprehend the truly alien Solaris was made into a film in 1972 by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky and won a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972 in 2002, Steven Soderbergh directed a Hollywood remake starring George Clooney.He was the cousin of poet Marian Hemar.


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    1. Memoirs of a Space Traveler isn’t really a new book; it is the completion of an old book. It prints under separate cover all the material from Lem’s The Star Diaries (1982) which the original English translation—for some unexplained reason—left out.Like the rest of The Star Diaries, it is filled with intriguing—often totally mad—philosophical and scientific theories, and horrific, sometimes poignant, examples of their practical consequences. For example, in “The Eighteenth Voyage [...]


    2. È davvero un onore e un privilegio recensire questo stupendo volume, proposto all’attenzione del lettore italiano una decina di anni fa dall’editore Marcos y Marcos e contenente un’antologia necessariamente incompleta dei resoconti di viaggio di Ijon Tichy, illustre esploratore dello spazio, conosciutissimo anche nelle province dell’impero culturalmente e scientificamente più depresse, quale la nostra infelice patria. Mi auguro di dare un piccolo contributo alla diffusione di quest’o [...]


    3. Aside from the last story, which is a bit of a throwaway, "Memiors" is consistently brilliant. Sub-story II of "Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy" is particularly excellent; any faith you have in God and/or the afterlife will be thoroughly shaken.


    4. This is the first Lem that I've been able to get into, but I think I'll give his other work another try after this. I've kept on picking up his stuff since I read in one of John Gardner's books that (while they were both alive, or either alive for that matter) he considered Lem to be the greatest living writer. This is a book of reminisces from the space traveler of the title. I kept on picturing the J Peterman from Seinfield telling these stories which made this eminently enjoyable.



    5. Another excellent collection of Ijon Tichy stories. Lem expertly covers many intriguing scientific and metaphysical quandaries throughout. Worth a read for Sci Fi fans, anyone looking for a little amusement, or those who likes to think about the nature of life and the universe in general. Below are brief summaries/thoughts on each story.The Eighteenth VoyageA classic Lem story, Tichy finds himself in charge of a project to correct the creation of the Universe so that the Universe no longer exist [...]


    6. Il libro è più una raccolta di racconti con lo stesso protagonista che un romanzo omogeneo. Il viaggiatore (Tichy) racconta i suoi improbabili viaggi nello spazio e nel tempo e i propri incontri con altrettanto improbabili scienziati.Lem ne ha per tutti: democrazie, dittature, religioni, scienziati, in un turbinio di situazioni paradossali. Dall'alto di quella che appare una cultura vastissima in varietà e qualità, Lem sottopone tutto alla legge della ragione. Il risultato è a tratti esalta [...]


    7. The title is somewhat misleading when barely any of the stories involve space travel, despite the protagonist's cosmos exloring profession. Adventures in Meeting Mad Scientists on My Home Planet would have been a better title and most of the stories involve the nature of sentience and personhoood, from clones, to robotics.The best tales areThe Washing Maching Tragedy and the fun and imagnitive finale Let Us Save the Universe(though it's good intentioned message does club you over the head with i [...]


    8. This is a bit like a "B-side" to The Star Diaries. The stories in both books were originally published together in Polish; the ones in this volume are what was left out of the first and it somewhat shows when you compare the quality of the two. The stories are on average pretty short and follow the same fantastical comedic "tall tale" style as the Star Diaries (similar feel to The Cyberiad as well). If you're new to Lem then skip this one until you're more familiar with his better stuff. Even if [...]


    9. This may be my new favorite book by Lem. Even more than Peace on Earth, even though this is really a collection of short stories rather than a novel. These stories range from interesting philosophical quandaries to hilarious social satire, to really, terribly painful social satire. Lem's long-running character, Ijon Tichy, space traveler, narrates, as he visits scientists whose work he's curious about, entertains visitors looking for investors in their big ideas, stumbles randomly into strange s [...]


    10. A loose-knit collection of stories that are, in part, a follow-up to Lem's The Futurological Congress, these are all pretty good science fiction tales, if a bit dated. They're all a bit quirky and most are pretty damn funny in the end. Lem's probably the world's most read science fiction author, yet one hardly known in the USA, mainly because of he's Polish and his work strives to be more expanding in terms of literature rather than space opera. If you like Philip K. Dick, then Stanislaw Lem's b [...]


    11. Interesting. I didn't realize that it was part of a series until I'd picked it up, but the chapters are essentially short stories, requiring no prior knowledge of the characters. The stories themselves are explorations of human nature and where it might take us once science and technology are further advanced, with Ijon Tichy (the space traveler of the title) serving as our representative in these explorations. The flavor is golden-age sci-fi, and the universe is sometimes campy for the sake of [...]


    12. These short stories ranged from mildly amusing to pretty awesome. My least favorites were "The Twenty-Fourth Voyage" and "The Washing Machine Tragedy". Both started out interesting, but managed to lose my attention about halfway through. "The Eighteenth Voyage" also kind of lost me towards the end with all its "clever" names (Lou Cipher is Lucifer etc. How amazingly witty), but I liked the idea of the story. I really enjoyed the first four stories in "Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy" though, [...]


    13. This companion book toThe Star Diariesis a collection of thought experiments thinly wrapped in funny, even goofy, stories in which the hero witnesses or participates in the work of cranks and mad scientists. You know, like time machines, human clones, handheld souls, sentient washing machines, and the creation of the universe. Lem's short stories are SF at its purest, or, if you like, philosophy of mind and metaphysics at its most fun.


    14. I read this book in French when I discovered Marseille's public library and every short story was exciting. The stories don't just make you awe at what the future has reserved for us (at least according to the writer's imagination), they also make you think (and not about such blatant subjects as "science vs. morality" bur also "science vs. human curiousity", "reality vs. the limits of human imagination", and etc.)


    15. This book is basically a primer for modern philosophy and theology told through brilliant short stories that center around odd scientists and their emotionally devastating creations of new technology and life. Of course, since it's vaguely framed as stories told by a "space traveler" it's banished to the sci-fi section, when it is in fact a work of art.


    16. Lem's fascination/obsession with the various forms that life can take - robotic, crystalline, brains in a jar - is explored in great detail in this collection of stories through the adventures of the charming and irascible Ijon Tichy, adventures that range in tone from the absurd and comic to the philosophical to the downright frightening (there are a couple good ghost stories here).


    17. These stories were cut from the English version of "The Star Diaries", I guess because they all took place on earth. Although I am glad to have the complete Tichy memoirs, I was a little disappointed in the translation. Kandel's translations are far superior, but the fonts and page layout are better than the HBJ versions of Lem's work (that I prefer).


    18. Libro geniale. Ho sempre pensato che Douglas Adams non facesse ridere per niente o che comunque non meritasse la fama. Il vero autore di fantascienza umoristica e filosofica è lui, Stanislaw Lem, conosciuto per il romanzo SOlaris, ma il meglio lo ha dato nei racconti, fantasiosi, narrati in stile affabulatorio, pieni di vitalità e di spunti filosofici.


    19. Stanislaw Lem is an ingenious sci-fi writer who is never at a loss for new ideas. This book is full of important lessons for budding scientists - lessons we should probably learn before it's too late.


    20. dish washer manufacturers enter arms race to make best washer and they invent one that looks like jane mansfield and people have sex with / marry it and then a sink gains sentience and wears owner's clothes and marries old ladies to steal their money. wow


    21. The first story is really great and mind blowing, actually it's the core idea of the Matrix movie! The rest of the book is much weaker, especially the last chapter. Not the greatest Lem's book unfortunately.


    22. Another great volume of short stories featuring Ijon Tichy that completes the original Polish collection of stories (though I enjoyed this book even more) . They run the gamut from light and funny to deep and philosophical. Highly recommended if you want more Lem.


    23. Some great stories in here, a fair bit of religious satire, but also some weaker ones. It's a pity the book ends on such a weak note, it leaves a disappointing after taste.


    24. Started out great, but then got into the same philosophy 101 crap that every book seems to be about.


    25. Science fiction with splashes of intelligent humour - perhaps best described as Douglas Adams meets Jorge Luis Borges. Delightful.


    26. Short length Lem, witty and well written, with inventive plots and the kind of odd lyric quality that he shares with PKD. Good warm up for longer and more challenging Lem.





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