CYBERIAD. CYBERNETIC AGE. FABLES FOR THE. Translated from the Polish by. MICHAEL KANDEL. STANISŁAW LEM. Illustrated by DANIEL MRÓZ. Cybernetics and a Humanistic Fiction: Stanislaw Lem’s The Cyberiad, ( bytes). This essay was first published in Research Studies, (Sept. Last year, a friend of mine dropped this quite unusual collection of short stories in my lap, and I am grateful that they did: Stanisław Lem’s
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Return to Book Page. A brilliantly funny collection of stories pem the next age, from the celebrated author cybeeiad Solaris. Ranging from the prophetic to the surreal, these stories demonstrate Stanislaw Lem’s vast talent and remarkable ability to blend meaning and magic into a wholly entertaining and captivating work. Paperbackpages. Published December 16th by Harcourt first published National Book Award Finalist for Translation To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Cyberiadplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 08, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the most brilliant pieces of translation I’ve ever come across.
You can hardly believe that all these wonderful len and word-games weren’t originally composed in English. I wish I knew some Polish, so that I could compare with the original. The most impressive sequences, which have been widely quoted, come from the story ctberiad one of the inventors builds a machine that can write a poem to any specification, no matter how bizarre. And within a few seconds, the machine has produced: Seduced, shaggy Samson snored.
Sorely shorn, Soon shackled slave, Samson sighed, Silently scheming, Sightlessly seeking Some savage, spectacular suicide.
Found in Translation: ‘The Cyberiad, Fables for the Cybernetic Age’ by Stanisław Lem
The love poem where all the metaphors come from the language of mathematics is nearly as good. View all 33 comments. If you’re only going to read one Lem in your life There are several essential Lem books and stories. And this is one of them. It’s an essential Lem book of essential Lem stories. The basic outline is simple: The inve If you’re only going to read one Lem in your life The inventors–friends, rivals, and each the only one capable of understanding the other’s genius–are Nasrudin-like figures, both wise and fools, both creating problems and solving them, meeting common robot folk and uncommon robot world leaders.
They try to one-up one another, they try lrm help one another, and through it all they teach by doing and do by teaching. Maybe the comparison to Mullah Nasrudin is more apt than I’d realized. If Mullah Nasrudin were two space-travelling robot cyberoad Yeah, that’s the book.
And btw, it’s hilarious, it’s a quick read, and it’s really easy to get cyberisd of. It all happened in days of yore, long before the invasion of cyberpunk… Cyborgs were merry and cybsriad then… And they were cunningly inventive… Next there was a boom, a puff of yellow smoke, and something came rocketing out, a form as blurry as a tornado lm with the general consistency of a sandstorm; it arced through the air so fast that no one really got a good look at it anyway.
Whatever it was flew a hundred paces or more and landed without a sound; the curtain that had been wrapped arou It all happened in days of yore, long before the invasion of cyberpunk… Cyborgs were merry and mischievous then… And they were cunningly inventive… Next there was a boom, a puff of yellow smoke, and lsm came rocketing out, a form as blurry as a tornado and with the general consistency of a sandstorm; it arced through the air so fast that no one really got a good look at it anyway.
Whatever it was flew a hundred paces or more and landed without a sound; the curtain that had been wrapped around it floated to the earth, llem bells tinkling oddly in that perfect silence, and lay there like a crushed strawberry. Now everyone could see the beast clearly — though it wasn’t clear at all, but looked a cybefiad like a hill, rather large, fairly long, its color much like its surroundings, a clump of dried-up weeds.
The King’s huntsmen unleashed the whole pack of automated hounds mainly Saint Cybernards and Cyberman pinschers, with an occasional high-frequency terrier ; these hurled themselves, howling and cyberlad, at the crouching beast.
The beast didn’t rear back, didn’t roar, didn’t even breathe fire, but only opened its two eyes wide and reduced half the pack to ashes in a trice.
This is an absolute beast created by the unsurpassed robotic constructors: Their colourful adventures and mishaps throughout the entire universe are simply unrepeatable… Everyone knows that dragons don’t exist. But while this simplistic formulation may satisfy the layman, it does cybeeiad suffice for the scientific mind.
The School of Higher Neantical Nillity is in fact wholly unconcerned with what does exist. Indeed, the banality of existence has been so amply demonstrated, there is no need for us to discuss it any further here. The brilliant Cerebron, attacking the problem analytically, discovered three distinct kinds of dragon: They were all, one might say, nonexistent, but each non-existed in an entirely different way. Do androids dream of electric fairytale tellers?
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The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem
The Laws of Thermodynamics: Tales for a Cybernetic Age”. He thought it was just a series of disconnected tales that were “everything that sf is ridiculed as being”, petty, and demeaning. Then one le, I snuck up on him and read him the st If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Then one day I snuck up on him and read him the start of the story on Dragons and Probability, and he burst out laughing. View all 5 comments. Aug 03, OD rated it it was amazing.
Poetry From Lem’s Cyberiad
Not only did this book make me want to read everything that Lem has ever written, it also makes me want to buy everything Michael Kandel has ever translated. 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.
Finding the Cyberiad is like rediscovering your childhood love of fables. This is a book I’m going to be coming back to many many times. Aug 10, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: My first experience with Stanislaw Lem and it will certainly not be my last.
The stories are very good some are brilliantbut I believe they work better in small doses rather than one after the other. Lm, a gifted writer. Another masterwork of this brilliant writter.
Obviously i have read this work in spanish because this polish collection of tales is almost intranslatable,it is full of fun neologisms of all sort. It is a extremely funny and satiric book,but also serious deep in almost all branches of philosophy,transhumanism cyheriad physics. Lem builds a astounding medieval, cibernetic,mechanic world were he develops the adventures of two ciberetic beings ,the builders,Trul and Claupacius. Below this apparently absurd Another masterwork of this brilliant cybsriad.
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. For put a example,we have the astounding tale “The Dragons of Probability” where the cyberiac make a machine that increases the probability till near 1,as a consecuence very improbable events become real and the second law of termodinamics is broken,this lead to very improbable arranges of the matter that makes possible the existence of dragons,the spontaneus motion of inert stones and so on.
Other long tale touch subjects as the existence of God or themans creating robots and robots creating mans in a infinite loop. A joker,satiric,extremely original and deep work that one reads with a big smile from the begining till the end.
Dec 20, Voss Foster rated it it was amazing Shelves: I first ran across The Cyberiad in desperation. It takes me next to no time to read books, so I quickly drained every last inch of our bookshelves by eighth grade, and the library had nothing.
Before I get into the writing itself, let’s not forget the briliant translation, and this book would not be easy to translate, between alliterations, rhyming, and the sheerly brilliant nonsense I use brilliant so much because one simply can’t use that cyberida enough when speaking of this book. Now, when it comes to the writing of Lem himself, you reach a new level. Most science-fiction fans will gladly preach the gospel of the European sci-fi authors, and Lem is unquestionably a great among them, in no small part due to The Cyberiad.
While fans of hard sci-fi may find the ridiculous, operatic, humorous, pseudo-scientific stories pretty much revolting though I doubt itno one can deny the uniqueness of his worldbuilding surprisingly deep, for nonsense or the fabulous anti-hero, Trurl. I feel terrible not being able to give more, cybeeiad case someone hasn’t read it, but it would not be right to reveal the glory here.
lm Suffice it to say that this should live on every bookshelf, genre-bound or literati, and should be reread often and with much gusto. A true piece of art. Oct 18, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul in which three of his short stories were featured.
His stories touched on issues in philosophy, le having to do with artificial intelligence, consciousness, physics, mathematics programming, and more. Upon reading these my thoughts were something along the lines of, “this is one of the most fabulous authors I’ve ever come across, how have I never heard of h I first came across Stanislaw Lem by way of an absolutely fantastic book called Cygeriad Mind’s I: Upon reading these my thoughts were something along the lines of, “this is one of the most fabulous authors I’ve ever come across, how have I never heard of him?
Trurl and Klaupacius are constructors, which means their profession cyyberiad building everything from cyberiar smartest machine in the universe, to an entire universe housed within a glass ball. Stanislaw Lem was obviously brilliant. The man understood physics and computing at a level far beyond his time, especially for a science fiction writer.
His stories are infused with so much scientific terminology and mathematics that a reader not familiar with these terms might as well be reading gibberish. And herein lies half the problem.
While his knowledge of cybsriad ideas is obvious, the way he uses them is often times nonsensical. Not only is the use of these terms and ideas mostly nonsensical, but the stories they are contained within and wrapped around are mostly nonsensical themselves.
Many of the stories are absurdest.