The Cyberiad – NaBloPoMo 2010

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 Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem

 

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.

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5 thoughts on “The Cyberiad – NaBloPoMo 2010

  1. His Master’s Voice has to be my favorite of his novels — more like a science fiction extended essay on philosophical themes. Solyaris a close second. I really enjoyed Cyberiad as well…

    One of his seldom read books which is SIMPLY wonderful is ‘A Perfect Vacuum’ — a series of book reviews about non-existant books. Great fun!

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