2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 1998
DO NOT READ THE BACK COVER! Now that that's out of the way, I can praise Lem's imagination and his surprisingly dark, twisting story. That's right, twisting. Like the best literature, it doesn't merely take the reader through convolutions in an imaginary world - it changes the reader into something unrecognizable.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2008
Fiasco has a similar theme to "Eden" as a story of futile misunderstanding in the wake of alien contact, but it is a far far better book; here the motives of the characters are carefully argued throughout, and every action is considered and plausible. In contrast, the technology employed to deliver the protagonists to the orbit of an alien civilisation is deliberately overblown, in order to underline the gigantic, and ultimately wasted, effort required to mount such an expedition. An added bonus and poignancy for Lem fans is the inclusion in the crew of Pirx the Pilot (or to be precise, a character who may or may not be Pirx).
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2010
This is a truly remarkable novel of absolutely first rate sci-fi
Whatever you decide to read next, make this the one
I have read a great many books of this genre, but this a truly seminal piece of work