The Cyberiad (Polish: Cyberiada) is a series of humorous science fiction short stories by Polish writer Stanisław Lem, originally published in , with an. Ciberiada by Stanislaw Lem, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Ciberiada de Stanislaw Lem. 4 likes. Book. Ciberiada de Stanislaw Lem. Privacy · Terms. About. Ciberiada de Stanislaw Lem. Book. 4 people like this topic.

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Though, as some stories did lag a bit, I was inclined to give this book a 3. The demon prints out this information on a long paper tape, but before the pirate realizes most of the information is completely useless although strictly factual he is buried under the endless rolls of tape, ceasing to bother anyone. Trurl therefore makes a modified Maxwell’s demon for him, an entity that looks at moving particles of gas and reads information that is, coincidentally, encoded in their random perturbations.

He lands and meets its inhabitants: Even till the very end they all contain lrm element of absurdism, but stanislsw can tell there is more going on. Trurl annihilates both failed cultures and tries to build a perfect society in a small box.

For instance, having dropped some millions of wish-fulfilling devices on a planet, they saw it blow up in a matter of hours. When they are not busy constructing revolutionary mechanisms at home, they travel the universe, aiding those in need. The Cyberiad is a nice little rip. I didn’t build a machine to solve ridiculous crossword puzzles!

The Cyberiad

All the fantastic jokes and wordplay – including made up words, alliteration, poetry, word games – are all translated wonderfully. Mechanic life evolved from robot ancestors who broke free of their chains from the earlier, “squishy” water based beings that created them.

They were all, one might say, nonexistent, but each non-existed in an entirely different way. Things really get wild when Klaupacius tests the machine by asking it to create ‘nothi Originally I was just thrilled to find a SF book by an author actually in Poland.

There’s a blurb on the back of the book comparing Lem to Borges, which is about right: In many places, it really reminds me of folklore trickster tales, in other places Staniskaw Arabian Nights Entertainments, and in still others just common silliness.


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. Indeed, the banality of existence has been so amply demonstrated, there is no need ciberiafa us to discuss it any further here.

Sep 04, Alan Marchant rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Read this at least 5 times. The Laws of Thermodynamics: I only wish I knew Polish so that I could read this ciberoada the original language. Favourite bit was when all the robot armies keep plugging into each other’s minds and getting more and more empathetic and philosophical rather than fighting: It immediately becomes obvious to the princess who is the “muddier” one, but the “paleface” turns out to be too squishy and overall disgusting.

He has already “conquered” all the most dangerous of cjberiada, and now hires constructors engineers to make new, mighty robotic beasts for him to hunt.

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They’re not word-for-word translations, cuberiada course. Originally I was just thrilled to find a SF book by an author actually in Poland. As for Sally 1A, isn’t it a bit bizarre that a robot builds the ultimate poetry machine, and that all the other robot poets are shamed by it? There was considerable confusion in both armies.

Seduced, shaggy Samson snored. Lem is at his best with the pseudoscientific wordplay. And within a few seconds, the machine has produced: These stories might be best consumed separately, rather than on the run. If you’re only going to read one Lem in your life And the word play and narrative structure is really stanisllaw. The story about the machine that makes poetry has a nice satirical spice. I actually cared about the two main characters, partly because they are likable, and partly because they are resident in each of the stories, so you get to know them.


His first attempt are a culture of robots who are not capable stanialaw being unhappy e. If rewards were promised and not delivered, the constructors may even severely punish those who deceived them. Not wanting to back down at the last minute, however, the princess stanuslaw a joust between the two suitors to select the worthier one.

The princess, beholding the beauty of the exposed robot compared with the ugliness of the “paleface”changes her mind.

As for Sally 1A, isn’t it a bit bizarre that a robot builds the ultimate poetry machine, and I have to give this book an award for Best Chapter Title: But, more importantly, stuff actually happens. Kudos to whoever did this translation.

Articles lacking in-text citations from December All articles lacking in-text citations Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Polish-language text. The inve If you’re only going to read one Lem in your life Others seem to serve as nothing more than an author’s literary masturbation trademarked, not to be used without written pe I want to start off by saying that I rarely enjoy reading short fiction.

Douglas Adams has a way of being absurd that still remains engaging and entertaining and somehow always feels like there is deep meaning infused in each progressive paragraph.

I found “The Cyberiad” to be one of those rare examples. Next step is a collectivistic culture dedicated to common happiness.

The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem

A couple of these in a paragraph to give something a name would have been fine, but every sentence seemed almost made up of this gibberish Thisicus wouldabar be the naminad of a personia or a sentencera.

Then one day I snuck up on him and read him the st If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Jan 03, Jason Plein rated it it was amazing.