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Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy (Ijon Tichy #2)

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Ijon Tichy is an ordinary space traveler whose extraordinary curiosity leads him to the very fringes of science. Their plans are grandiose, the bargains they make too often Faustian, for the ends these scientists pursue concern humanity's greatest and most ancient obsessions: immortality, artificial intelligence, and top-of-the-line consumer items.

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Paperback, 153 pages
Published February 11th 2000 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1971)
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Memoirs of a Space Traveler is the second book in a row I have read by Lem. The first, Pirx the Pilot, was good. This one is a classic and a revelation.

In it, Ijon Tichy recounts his numerous adventures, including trips to other planets, encounters with mad scientists and their terrible inventions, and that one time he created the Universe. (For which he apologizes!)

From the opening pages, the collection's outstanding humor shines through. Several stories, particularly the "The Eighteenth Voyage
Pierre Menard
Dec 01, 2014 Pierre Menard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who hopes to boldly go where no man has gone before.
È davvero un onore e un privilegio recensire questo stupendo volume, proposto all’attenzione del lettore italiano una decina di anni fa dall’editore Marcos y Marcos e contenente un’antologia necessariamente incompleta dei resoconti di viaggio di Ijon Tichy, illustre esploratore dello spazio, conosciutissimo anche nelle province dell’impero culturalmente e scientificamente più depresse, quale la nostra infelice patria. Mi auguro di dare un piccolo contributo alla diffusione di quest’opera fondame ...more
Richard Deem
This is a bit like a "B-side" to The Star Diaries. The stories in both books were originally published together in Polish; the ones in this volume are what was left out of the first and it somewhat shows when you compare the quality of the two. The stories are on average pretty short and follow the same fantastical comedic "tall tale" style as the Star Diaries (similar feel to The Cyberiad as well).

If you're new to Lem then skip this one until you're more familiar with his better stuff. Even if
This is the first Lem that I've been able to get into, but I think I'll give his other work another try after this. I've kept on picking up his stuff since I read in one of John Gardner's books that (while they were both alive, or either alive for that matter) he considered Lem to be the greatest living writer. This is a book of reminisces from the space traveler of the title. I kept on picturing the J Peterman from Seinfield telling these stories which made this eminently enjoyable.
This may be my new favorite book by Lem. Even more than Peace on Earth, even though this is really a collection of short stories rather than a novel. These stories range from interesting philosophical quandaries to hilarious social satire, to really, terribly painful social satire. Lem's long-running character, Ijon Tichy, space traveler, narrates, as he visits scientists whose work he's curious about, entertains visitors looking for investors in their big ideas, stumbles randomly into strange s ...more
Some great stories in here, a fair bit of religious satire, but also some weaker ones. It's a pity the book ends on such a weak note, it leaves a disappointing after taste.
Another great volume of short stories featuring Ijon Tichy that completes the original Polish collection of stories (though I enjoyed this book even more) . They run the gamut from light and funny to deep and philosophical. Highly recommended if you want more Lem.
Varbūt tiešām šī jau ir novecojusi zinātniskā fantastika, bet sākums vispār bija katastrofa... Uz beigām stāsti palika aizvien interesantāki :)
Robert Sokolowski
Started out great, but then got into the same philosophy 101 crap that every book seems to be about.
These short stories ranged from mildly amusing to pretty awesome. My least favorites were "The Twenty-Fourth Voyage" and "The Washing Machine Tragedy". Both started out interesting, but managed to lose my attention about halfway through. "The Eighteenth Voyage" also kind of lost me towards the end with all its "clever" names (Lou Cipher is Lucifer etc. How amazingly witty...), but I liked the idea of the story. I really enjoyed the first four stories in "Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy" thou ...more
Nov 27, 2007 Jacob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Leibnizian monads
This companion book to The Star Diaries is a collection of thought experiments thinly wrapped in funny, even goofy, stories in which the hero witnesses or participates in the work of cranks and mad scientists. You know, like time machines, human clones, handheld souls, sentient washing machines, and the creation of the universe. Lem's short stories are SF at its purest, or, if you like, philosophy of mind and metaphysics at its most fun. ...more
May 30, 2007 Eva rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci-fi lovers
I read this book in French when I discovered Marseille's public library and every short story was exciting. The stories don't just make you awe at what the future has reserved for us (at least according to the writer's imagination), they also make you think (and not about such blatant subjects as "science vs. morality" bur also "science vs. human curiousity", "reality vs. the limits of human imagination", and etc.)
Oct 22, 2007 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wry and introspective wanna-be space travellers
Lem's fascination/obsession with the various forms that life can take - robotic, crystalline, brains in a jar - is explored in great detail in this collection of stories through the adventures of the charming and irascible Ijon Tichy, adventures that range in tone from the absurd and comic to the philosophical to the downright frightening (there are a couple good ghost stories here).
This book is basically a primer for modern philosophy and theology told through brilliant short stories that center around odd scientists and their emotionally devastating creations of new technology and life. Of course, since it's vaguely framed as stories told by a "space traveler" it's banished to the sci-fi section, when it is in fact a work of art.
Alberto Grandi
Libro geniale. Ho sempre pensato che Douglas Adams non facesse ridere per niente o che comunque non meritasse la fama. Il vero autore di fantascienza umoristica e filosofica è lui, Stanislaw Lem, conosciuto per il romanzo SOlaris, ma il meglio lo ha dato nei racconti, fantasiosi, narrati in stile affabulatorio, pieni di vitalità e di spunti filosofici.
Angela Alcorn
Stanislaw Lem is an ingenious sci-fi writer who is never at a loss for new ideas. This book is full of important lessons for budding scientists - lessons we should probably learn before it's too late.
Aside from the last story, which is a bit of a throwaway, "Memiors" is consistently brilliant. Sub-story II of "Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy" is particularly excellent; any faith you have in God and/or the afterlife will be thoroughly shaken.
dish washer manufacturers enter arms race to make best washer and they invent one that looks like jane mansfield and people have sex with / marry it and then a sink gains sentience and wears owner's clothes and marries old ladies to steal their money. wow
The first story is really great and mind blowing, actually it's the core idea of the Matrix movie! The rest of the book is much weaker, especially the last chapter. Not the greatest Lem's book unfortunately.
As always Lem is extraordinarily clever and creative with his cybernetic fairy tales. I definitely have to go read "The Star Diaries" now, which has other Ijon Tichy "journeys".
Short length Lem, witty and well written, with inventive plots and the kind of odd lyric quality that he shares with PKD. Good warm up for longer and more challenging Lem.
Most of it was forgettable, but the Washing Machine Tragedy was brilliantly written.
M. Cornelis van der Weele IV
Lem has never failed, in my opinion, to put out anything short of genius.
Memorable Memoirs. Tichy, reluctantly, does it best. Supurb SciFi.
Will Skolochenko
Classic Lem and much more easily digested than Solaris
All Hail to Mr. Lem.
All Hail to Ijon Tichy.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Ijon Tichy (8 books)
  • The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy
  • The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy
  • Peace on Earth
  • Pożytek ze Smoka i Inne Opowiadania
  • Wizja Lokalna
  • Dzienniki gwiazdowe 1 (Dzienniki gwiazdowe, wyd. 2-tomowe, #1)
  • Dzienniki gwiazdowe 2 (Dzienniki gwiazdowe, wyd. 2-tomowe, #2)
Solaris The Cyberiad The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy Tales of Pirx the Pilot The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy

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