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Fábulas de Robots

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,496 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
¿Aún tienen vigencia en nuestro universo supertecnificado las viejas fábulas? Stanislaw Lem, el agudo escritor polaco, responde a ese desafío. Claro que los protagonistas de sus fábulas no son inocentes animalitos sino seres extraterrestres, sabios espaciales o robots construidos según los más espectaculares adelantos de la técnica. Y las moralejas son inquietantes parábol ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published September 1981 by Bruguera (first published 1964)
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Alex Chapay
Jun 09, 2013 Alex Chapay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Urodziłem się na Ukrainie. Mieszkam w Polsce prawie rok. Na początku miałem pełne wątpliwośći do języka polskiego. Wtedy myślałem, że nie zmogę polubić ten język. Minęło kilka miesięcy i ja zrozumiałem, że nie jest ten język tak zły, jak ja myślałem. Ale kilka tygodni temu mój ojciec poradził mi przeczytać powieści Stanisława Lema. Ojciec dla mnie to najlepszy kolega, z którym ja zawsze mogę porozmawiać, i który nigdy nie poradzi czegoś złego. Więc odrazu poszedłem do biblioteki, gdzie dostałem ...more
I tried to like this, I tried real hard, and even though it seemed like the stories were getting better closer to the end, the best I can say about this is that it was okay in the end.

The first thing to remember as starting with this book is that these short-stories are just stories, stories and tales, which, by nature, are passed on from one person and generation and culture to another, which transform and change as they are told. This works as both an excuse and a reason to make the stories w
Jan 11, 2014 Luggage rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On some level, something must have gotten lost in translation from Polish to German, Lem being a hailed SciFi author and all. The significantly higher ratings in Eastern European seem to indicate that possibility. While the first story was still kind of whimsical, the ones after grew increasingly bland and formulaic. They read like run-of-the-mill fairy tales for toddlers with the added twist that most of the nouns are either replaced or prefixed with a term from chemistry, metallurgy or pre-IC ...more
Oct 07, 2016 0rkun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Av" baya iyidi.
Jan 11, 2013 Jacek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lem-fiction
Nie zliczę ile już razy chwaliłem geniusz Lema, ale i w tym wypadku pióro autora zasługuje na śpiewanie peanów. Lem podjął się nie lada wyzwania tworząc książkę, której treść pod każdym względem pasuje do tytułu. "Bajki robotów" to zbiór opowieści o myślących maszynach stylizowanych na baśnie, legendy i podania. Pełna niesamowitego humoru, miejscami moralizatorska (tak jak każda prawdziwa bajka) wciąga i pozwala oderwać się od książki dopiero po przeczytaniu ostatniej strony.
Jan 12, 2017 Karolina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most funny and charming book I've read recently.
James F
Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, fantasy, world
Fourteen stories about robots, translated from Polish. The first eleven are from a collection called Fables for robots; like the stories of The Cyberiad they are short satirical parables or fairy tales set in a world inhabited by robots and are just fun to read. The twelfth story features Ijon Tichy, and the thirteenth is a story of Pilot Pirx, two characters who appear frequently in Lem's writings. The last and best story is a stand-alone, "The Hunt", which is more serious and recalls themes fr ...more
Janne Paananen
Stanislaw Lemin "Konekansan satuja ja tarinoita" sisältää tulevaisuuden faabeleita, opettavaisia "robottitarinoita". Suurin osa tarinoista perustuu teknisillä nimikkeillä kikkailuun ollen valitettavan köyhiä sisällöltään tai juoneltaan. Onneksi joukkoon on kuitenkin osunut muutama oivallinenkin tarina. "Automatiaksen ystävä" on ehdottomasti kirjan paras hetki. Tämän vajaan 30 sivun takia kirja kannattaa hankkia käsiinsä. Muut voikin sitten jättää lukematta.
John Wagner
Dec 28, 2010 John Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant collection of short stories, all of which share the theme of robots. Some are deep and dystopian, and echo the mood and feel of "Solaris". Others are just plain silly. This exposed me to a mirthful side of Lem I didn't know existed.
Alan Fay
Mar 16, 2009 Alan Fay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Borrowed from Bill. It's Borges meets Katamari Damacy. ;D

It's a lot of fun to read; many stories are told like myths or fables, except they involve strange robot alien space race kind of fellas.
Piruza Petrosyan
Հեքիաթներ մարդկանց հանդեպ տհաճության մոտիվներով, մի քիչ արխայիկ խոսքով, տրագիկոմեդիկ վերջաբանով և հարուստ երևակայությամբ:
Mar 21, 2013 María marked it as abandonados
Shelves: recomendados
Me he esforzado, pero al final lo he tenido que dejar. Muy apartado de obras más "serias" de Lem, estas fábulas simplemente no han conseguido despertar mi interés. Ya lo siento.
review of
Stanislaw Lem's Mortal Engines
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 28, 2015

I suppose, strictly speaking, this isn't 'a bk by Stanislaw Lem' insofar as it's a collection of short stories by Lem, united by the theme of robots, chosen by the translator, Michael Kandel, at the prompting of the publisher, Harvest/HBJ, so that there cd be a Lem bk in English that hadn't previously existed in Lem's language, Polish. I wdn't exactly say that that negatively effects the collection but it does
Pierre Menard
Sep 27, 2014 Pierre Menard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who has to tell a tale to a kid who would become an astronaut.
Fiaba: racconto di avventure in cui domina il meraviglioso, negli episodi come nei personaggi, anonimo e popolare, di fonte e tradizione orale.
Fantascienza: genere letterario […] in cui l’elemento narrativo si fonda su ipotesi o intuizioni di carattere più o meno plausibilmente scientifico e si sviluppa in una mescolanza di fantasia e scienza.

A leggere le definizioni, tratte dall’Enciclopedia Treccani online non sembra che fiaba e racconto fantascientifico abbiano molto in comune: potrà tuttavia
Nov 20, 2016 bartosz_witkowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Wanting to get away from English literature for a bit I decided to go through my Stanisław Lem backlog. I picked Fables for Robots, more or less at random.

Fables for Robots is a book that combines aspects of traditional fables with science fiction.

Conceptually, the stories are written as if presented from a "robot mother" to a "robot child" - the denizens of the stories are themselves robots. Robot kings, robot knights, robot inventors (that invent other robots or machines!), robot advisors etc
Fables for Robots features 13 short stories which supposedly are fairy tales about robots and for robots. Only one story has a human in its cast. In a few other stories, humans are mentioned, usually in a derisive or hostile fashion ("Bleichlinge").

What Lem has done here, reminds me of Calvino. Specifically, his Invisible Cities which isn’t a positive in my book. Each story is in an intellectual exercise, a play on words. In short: form but – at least to me – no function. I couldn’t relate to th
Dec 19, 2016 Karl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was unexpected, the short stories in this collection were more like fairy tales or old children's stories but with foundations in real science, chemistry, physics, metallurgy.
Roddy Williams

The Three Electroknights (1972)
Uranium Earpieces (1972)
How Erg the Self-inducting Slew a Paleface (1972)
Two Monsters (1972)
The White Death (1972)
How Microx and Gigant Made the Universe Expand (1972)
Tale of the Computer That Fought a Dragon (1972)
The Advisers of King Hydrops (1972)
Automatthew’s Friend (1972)
King Globares and the Sages (1972)
The Tale of King Gnuff (1972)
The Sanatorium of Dr. Vliperdius (1971)
The Hunt (1973)
The Mask (1976)

This is a collection of short stories which feature
Jonathan Norton
12 of those quirky Lem stories about robots doing zany things, a bit like the stuff Douglas Adams wrote later on, more inventive but not so funny. There are 2 longer stories as well, slightly different in mood. "The Hunt" is an action thriller about a rogue machine on the rampage, that could could be expanded to make a decent film. "The Mask" is a complete change from Lem's usual fare, a mystery about identity set in a baroque world, unfortunately far too tedious for me to finish.
Raro de Concurso
May 31, 2007 Raro de Concurso rated it liked it
Llegará algún día en que los robots pueblen el universo y nos tengan, a nosotros, los humanos, o paliduchos como nos llaman, muy poca consideración, por no decir repulsa. De hecho se llega a decir que sólo somos una leyenda, algún vago recuerdo en los cerebros positrónicos de los más oxidados del lugar (por cuanto los paliduchos-cementerios de nariz pastosa y ojos viscosos no existen y jamás existieron. Quién sabe: quizás no sea más que falta de imaginación. ¿Acaso no son numerosos los mitos y l ...more
William Leight
May 31, 2015 William Leight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Mortal Engines” provides an interesting overview of both halves of Lem’s oeuvre. The first half or two-thirds of the book are more of the type of cyber-fables that appear in “The Cyberiad”, though with more variety. Some have a structure more reminiscent of Aesop’s fables, or Greek myths; others are far darker than anything in “The Cyberiad”, dealing with the eternal war of humans against their mechanical creations. Though some of these are quite good — “The Tale of King Gnuff” economically han ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Meine liebe Rechenmaschine! Meine Teure! Es steht so und so, der Elektrodrach will mich vom Thron stürzen und aus dem Reich jagen. Rette mich! Sag, was ich tun muss, um den Drachen zu bezwingen!"
"O nein!" - entgegnete die Rechenmaschine. "Vorerst musst du mir in der Frage vom letzten Mal recht geben. Ausserdem wünsche ich, dass du mich nicht anders ansprichst, als mit dem Titel 'Rechengrossmarschall'. Im Gespräch kannst du auch sagen: 'Eure Ferromagnetifizienz'.“

Das war klasse! Ich hatte rech
M. A. P.
Mar 13, 2015 M. A. P. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-novella
I... actually rather enjoyed this, even if I read it as a Finnish translation, which, no doubt, leaves much to be desired. All the more so considering the translation was done with the English edition as its base rather than the original Polish. I can't imagine that to ever be the desirable route for translating. What all is conveyed more or less off the mark in comparison to the original Polish edition? How much of all that could have been prevented if the translation had been made by someone f ...more
James Miller
I enjoyed the The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age more than this one, but there are gems within and many stories conclude on a very bitter note (the hunt being a case in point). The sense of mankind as being a problem is pervasive: cruel or deranged machines are generally that way because they have been made so and The White Death is full of pathos.

As with the Cyberiad the translator's work conveys both emotion and humour and some passages are great fun; I enjoyed:

"‘True, the imperfecti
Nov 13, 2013 Joel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this. One of the masters from the golden age of science fiction, who I'd somehow managed never to read! Alas. Most of the stories in this book are childish fables. The translator/editor says in the introduction that he wanted to collect Lem's stories about robots, but for the most part the only distinguishing robotic characteristic of these characters is that they're made of metal; were it not for references to rust here and there, they might as well be human, or som ...more
Peter Dunn
Feb 08, 2017 Peter Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a distinct break in tone in this collection - which I discovered afterwards is due to this being a collection of Lem’s collection ‘Fables for Robots’ with a couple of other stories on robots from Lem’s other writings tacked on at the end.

The early tales are, as you might imagine, from their source collection ‘Fables for Robots’ fairy tale like and enchanting tales of a universe of robots in a universe free (mostly) of humans. I have never come across anything like them in SF. Lem is ver
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Nov 24, 2012 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Tempo fa mi sono imbattuta in una recensione di questo libro che mi ha conquistato.. Ho rimandato per poi dimenticarmene fino a che una sera una vocina dentro di me mi continuava a ripetere questo titolo.. Ho DOVUTO leggerlo, era diventata un'ossessione!
Beh, ma quanto posso essere contenta di aver dato ascolto alla vocina? (Sì, sì, poi verrà il tempo in cui ci preoccuperemo del fatto che io senta le vocine dentro di me, ma non è questo il giorno :D)

Queste fiabe sono semplicemente adorabili: è il
Я несколько дней думала, стоит ли заявлять так резко, ведь все же это книга Лема - но нет, говорю напрямую - книга бессмысленна.

Это сборник довольно простых сказок, количеством всего 13 штук. Разные короткие истории про вселенную, где живут самые разные роботы. Но любая сказка несет мораль и урок, так ведь? Но не в этом случае. На небольшую мораль тянут разве что рассказ "Король Глобарес и мудрецы" и "Белая смерть", остальные 11 сказок вызвали у меня легкое удивление и вопрос "А зачем вообще Ст
William Cardini
Stanislaw Lem is one of my favorite authors. Although I enjoyed the fable-like stories about robots that make up most of this volume, they felt slight and if Kandel (the translator and editor) had only included those stories I would have just given this book four stars and considered it to be a lesser collection of Lem short stories than The Cyberiad. However, the addition of the novella The Mask, which was published 12 years later in Poland than the rest of the original Polish edition of Mortal ...more
Salvatore Pulvirenti
Ma come si fa a scrivere di (meta)fisica all'interno dell'immaginario delle fiabe?
E' possibile raccontare storie inventate per chi di immaginazione non pu�� averne?
Esistono altre dimensioni dell'esistenza che sognano, amano, odiano come la specie umana?
Hanno gli stessi pregi? Gli stessi difetti?
Sono migliori o peggiori di noi? Soffrono delle stesse malattie o degenerazioni mentali (per quanto "mentale" possa avere un senso per esseri che non hanno un vero e proprio cervello)?

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Stanisław Lem (staˈɲiswaf lɛm) was a Polish science fiction, philosophical and satirical writer of Jewish descent. His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 27 million copies. He is perhaps best known as the author of Solaris, which has twice been made into a feature film. In 1976, Theodore Sturgeon claimed that Lem was the most widely read science-fiction writer in the w ...more
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“True, the imperfection of biological evolution’, I began, but he didn’t let me finish. ‘Imperfection?!’ he snorted. ‘Droppings! Trash! An outright botch-job! If you can’t do something right, you shouldn’t do it at all!’ ‘Not that I want to make excuses’, I said quickly, ‘but Nature, don’t forget, worked with what it had at hand. In the primordial sea …’ ‘Garbage floated!!’ he roared so loud, I winced. ‘Isn’t that right? A star exploded, planets formed, and from the dregs, which couldn’t be used for anything, from those gobbets and scraps life arose! Enough, no more! No more of these pudgy suns, inane galaxies, this mucilage that has a soul – enough!” 1 likes
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