The Cyberiad is a collection of interrelated stories by the Polish writer Stanislaw Lem (translated by Michael Kandel). it is one of Lem‘s early science-fiction works, written in 1967. The Cyberiad is science-fiction as philosophy and satire.
the tales in The Cyberiad concern the adventures and travails of two robots, Trurl and Klapaucius, who are brilliant creators, competitors and best friends. T. and K. can build anything imaginable (or inimaginable), not only for robots (who are very advanced, capable of pain, aging, love and hatred), but also to help the “slimies”, i.e. humans. the tone is at times technical, bawdy, Arthurian, and Rabelaisian.
I find that T. and K. with their serial inventions and pursuits remind me a great deal of Flaubert‘s Bouvard and Pecuchet with a few differences: Bouvard and Pecuchet are humans and imbeciles, not robot genii. still, both T. and K. and B. and P. endless cycle of inventions and pursuits are brilliant satires.