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Tales of Pirx the Pilot (Penguin Modern Classics)

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – August 2019

From 'A giant of twentieth-century science fiction' (Guardian), the adventures of Pirx, a hapless everyman in outer space

'By now he fancied himself something of a rocket jockey, a space ace, whose real home was among the planets'
In a future where space travel has become routine and unremarkable, Pirx the pilot bumbles and daydreams his way through the solar system. These endearing tales follow his progress from cadet to captain. But, whether he is wrestling with a misbehaving spacesuit, feeling uncomfortable on a luxury space cruise ship or encountering a mysterious malfunctioning robot on a mission to Mars, the hapless Pirx just can't stop things from going terribly wrong.
Translated by Louis Iribarne

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ISBN-13: 9780241400227
ISBN-10: 0241400228
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.17 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin Classics
Seria Penguin Modern Classics

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) was born in Lviv, then part of Poland. He is probably the most original and influential European science-fiction writer since H.G. Wells. Best known in the West for Tarkovsky's film of his novel Solaris, Lem wrote novels and stories that have been published all over the world. He is credited with anticipating in his writing artificial reality, e-books and nano-technology. His most famous works include The Cyberiad, Mortal Engines, The Star Diaries, The Futurological Congress, Tales of Pirx the Pilot and Solaris.

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"A science fiction writer worthy of a Nobel Prize" -New York Times

Follow Pilot Pirx-a bumbling and irresistibly likeable astronaut-through five adventures set in a time when space travel has become routine. Pirx is charged with investigating strange space accidents, perhaps because his superiors appreciate his flair, or perhaps because they consider him expendable. The tales build to a towering climax when in the final installment, Pirx must decipher a spaceship's sinister past with the help of a robot's retentive memory.
At once audacious, childlike, and intuitive, the character of Pirx offers a wonderful vision of the very qualities that may, in the future, give us the courage to confront the vastness and uncertainty of outer space.

"Lem is not only a marvelous spinner of tales of the fantastic but also a challenging philosopher of the meanings and ramifications of technology." -Chicago Tribune

Stanislaw Lem is the most widely translated and best known science fiction author writing outside of the English language. Winner of the Kafka Prize, he is a contributor to many magazines, including the New Yorker, and he is the author of numerous works, including Solaris.