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- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0092QM6F0
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The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age Audio Download – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
As you delve into the hilarious and frighteningly
intelligent world of Lem, you realise that you are being educated in the arcanery of metaphysical philosophy too. But it`s not stuffy-
in fact Reason is completely OUT TO LUNCH!
The tome is actually illustrated with unique drawings- shades of `Alice`!
Be warned:- Arts graduates and others who are not versed in the refined arts of cybernetics might find it hard to understand.
However those who DO are in for a real treat!
This is the reviewers favourite book.
An unsung modern classic. Unsung because it`s does not pander to the Lowest Common Denominator.
you will be blown away by the wit and perceptivness of an author who should be acknowleged as one of, if not THE best, Sci-Fi authors of all time.
It`s so good you`ll be changed by it!
"One day Trurl the constructor put together a machine that could create anything starting with the letter `n`", begins the book. As this first story progresses, the universe itself is endangered (for Nothingness, my friend, also starts with `n`).
Cyberiad is a compendium of very short stories `for the cybernetic age`, all linked by the metallic-but-exceedingly-human characters of Trurl and Klapaucius. And, as you read, it just
gets better and better.
The story `Trurl`s electronic bard` is my favourite. Trurl constructs
a poem-generating machine (not without effort!), with truly hilarious repercussions.
Cyberiad is a Gem.
understands the unique potential of the Science Fiction
depictions of non-human intelligences, whether alien or
artificial, are consistently compelling. His insight into
humanity and our role in the Cosmos is unmatched (at least
among SF authors). As far as I can tell, Lem has never
written a bad book, and his reservoir of fresh ideas is
However, this is a review of a book, not an author :-),
I have read and enjoyed most of Lem's work, but I still go
back and re-read The Cyberiad every year or so. I always
hope to find something new, and I am never disappointed. It
amazes me to see how many of the deepest ideas from Lem's
other books are echoed somewhere in these stories. And
their style is Lem's best: The futuristic "fable", mixing
intellectual slapstick, brilliant wordplay, and deep
philosophy as only Lem can.
I guarantee The Cyberiad will make you laugh hard and think
harder. What more could you want from your reading?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing like Solaris, this is a collection of comic short stories linked by the device of two competing scientists. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M Sullivan
OK now this book came highly recommended by a Russian writer. Perhaps, as Lem was Polish, the humour and sense of the book may attract the eastern bloc readers more. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dale A. Haines
Some of these stories are getting a bit long in the tooth, (I guess they are classics) - I found myself getting weary of the storytelling style after a whilePublished 20 months ago by Mark Lamb
One of the greatest reads I have ever accomplished. I now have a 'want' to read this book when ever I see it, and never get bored of it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by : D
i read this thirty years ago as a teenager who loved science fiction especially philip k dick and i loved this book back then. Read morePublished on 26 July 2013 by john warren
I was relatively surprised when I saw Lem's name popping up around me, and intrigued at the sights of the reviews I bought this book.
I was blown out. Read more
Cosmologist Sean Carroll nominated this as a "lost sc-fi classic" in "New Scientist" magazine last year. Read morePublished on 28 May 2011 by DB