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Opowieści o pilocie Pirxie (Pirx the Pilot)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,404 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
In Pilot Pirx, Lem has created an irresistibly likable character: an astronaut who gives the impression of still navigating by the seat of his pants-a bumbler but an inspired one. By investing Pirx with a range of human foibles, Lem offers a wonderful vision of the audacity, childlike curiosity, and intuition that can give humans the courage to confront outer space. Transl
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Paperback, 379 pages
Published 1995 by Literatura (first published 1961)
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M. Cornelis van der Weele IV
Reading Lem makes me happy.
Justyna
Aug 19, 2008 Justyna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of stories, which are very fun to read. Prix always perseveres, although seemingly incapable of doing so. The story about Terminus stuck with me the most; possibly, because I found it to be the saddest of them all.
Mike
Sep 10, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I remember reading a bunch of Stanislaw Lem quite a while ago. "Tales of Pirx The Pilot" was certainly one of them and it was with some fondness that I picked up another copy while looking for another specific book. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. This book is a solid "4.0".

These stories of Pirx are an odd amalgamation of interesting science and young/juvenile action-adventure, but done in a very readable and convincing way. Without revealing too much, I found that Lem's testin
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Stanislaw Lem's science fiction tends to be dense and philosophical/political. This book was different, in that the adventures of Pirx, an average sap who stumbles into these situations, are based on hard science and yet retain that philosophic air. I enjoyed this book very much-- must read it again!
Mel
I got a collection of three different Lem novels at the Oxfam. This was the first, the back had it listed as mysteries. It really wasn't. It was very technical 50s science fiction written in the late 70s. It was another case of In the Future There Are No Women! Which was a bit disappointing. Even in translation though the stories had a very clear and visual style. My problem was that I found Pirx terribly dull, stereotypical young pilot, and there were no real other characters in the book. I'm g ...more
Marek Pawlowski
Dec 23, 2015 Marek Pawlowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zbiór opowiadań o „Pilocie Pirxie” w niezwykły sposób ukazuje pewne zagrożenia, które mogą w przyszłości wystąpić podczas podróży międzygwiezdnych. Pułapki związane z rozwojem technologii jak i te wynikające z naszej ludzkiej natury. Dla przykładu opowiadanie „Test” przedstawia różnice pomiędzy byciem doskonałym w teorii a odpornością na stres, „Patrol” skupia się na błędach w technologii, które w niespodziewany sposób mogą doprowadzić do ludzkiej śmierci. Opowiadanie „Albatros” oraz „Terminus” ...more
Wanda
Jan 05, 2015 Wanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't stop reading this book! Lem's sci-fi is funny and quirky, yet still wicked smart. A highly plausible imagining of future space travel, I was completely enthralled by the descriptions of alien landscapes and rocket ships alike. I must admit that I was far from compelled by Pirx upon his introduction, but grew to enjoy his straightforward nature and the development of his competence. My only complaint is that a couple of the stories tend towards the formulaic: Pirx encounters some stran ...more
Mike
Dec 10, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn't enjoy these stories as much as the Ijon Tichy series (still two books to read in that series, one of which is sadly still untranslated) they're still worth reading. I think I was a little put off by the dated-ness of the tech - so many people back then thought we'd rush into space on atomic-reactor-powered rockets, building advanced moonbases and such, but not have any way to communicate beyond a newspaper or radio, or have women involved in the stories at all (Heinlein was a nota ...more
Piruza Petrosyan
Լեհ ֆանտաստ Ստանիսլավ Լեմի օրիգինալության մասին կխոսեմ իր փիլիսոփայական ողբերգությանը («Սոլարիս») նվիրված րիվյուիս մեջ, այժմ միայն Պիրքսի արկածներից: Այս պատմվածքների ցիկլի յուրօրինակությունը կերպարների ռեալիստիկ բազմակողմանի և խորը նկարագրիրն է, որն այդքան էլ հատուկ չէ ֆանտաստիկ ժանրին (այս պահին կառանձնացնեմ Ստրուգացկի եղբայրներին, ովքեր ևս կարողանում են «շարժվող» կերպարներ ստեղծել): Առանձին վերցրած հերոսի հոգեբանական վերլուծության շնորհիվ ծանոթանում ես անհատականությունների հետ: Տիեզերագնաց Պի ...more
Holly
Apr 04, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my husband's favorite books ever.

It is not one of my favorite books ever, but I did enjoy reading it.

This is a collection of short stories. I liked all of them but one. The one I didn't like built up to a climax and then just poofed.

The thing I liked most was the humor-- both the sense of humor of the main character, Pirx, and the author's humor in the situations that occurred. I also liked the mystery element that was in many of the stories, including and especially the last one
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Timothy
Pirx is not the best I have read by Lem, but, for me, these simple tales are very satisfying. The progression is chronological but with large gaps as Lem captures interesting episodes of Prix career from young cadet to full-fledged navigator. Over time, Pirx loses his air of the preening day-dreamer spinning fantasies of glory. While Prix grows into his profession and into adulthood, Lem never let's us forget that space flight is a serious business and that the cost of getting better at it is of ...more
Felix Purat
Jun 01, 2015 Felix Purat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent bit of grade-A science fiction from the Polish legend Stanisław Lem, author of Solaris. This comes in the form of tales, but is really a cohesive whole. Tales of Pirx the Pilot is a testament to the scientific knowledge of Lem, which he uses to an incredible capacity. Those sci-fi snobs who think only science can define science fiction will not be disappointed (at least I think they won't). It's a pretty funny story too, since Pirx is a bumbler who represents the childish nature by whi ...more
Ian
May 11, 2014 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided I should read more Lem, especially as I’ve been finding the concerns of much male-authored US science fiction of last century somewhat tiresome; and there are these attractively-packaged Harcourt Brace Javonovitch paperbacks of some of his books available on Amazon… But they’ve already fucked up the “collection” as the only two I’ve bought so far – this one and Imaginary Magnitude – are sized slightly differently. Argh. Anyway, Pirx is a space pilot and sort of an Everyman, although he ...more
Andrzej Gutowski
Jul 04, 2010 Andrzej Gutowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poziom nierówny, ale za samo opowiadanie o Terminusie (o ile dobrze pamiętam) należą się oklaski.
Siemomysła
Apr 13, 2016 Siemomysła rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Postanowiłam się w końcu wziąć za demony dzieciństwa. Przyznaję - do Pirxa i do Lema w ogóle szkoła mnie zniechęciła i długo nie umiałam przełamać uczucia "nie podobało mi się jak miałam lat jedenaście, nie biorę się za to teraz". Dobrze, że się przełamałam, bo Pirx jest po prostu świetny. Świetny bohater, świetny człowiek, świetne opowiadania. Łyknęłam w podróży, na dwa razy, bo w tę i z powrotem ;) Chcę więcej takiej fantastyki. Ulubione opowiadanie? "Albatros".

Ciut więcej: http://ziarnomysli.
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Ivan Dinev
Поредната книга с разкази на Лем, интересни сами по себеси като фантастика, но по стила на Лем засягащи въпросите на човешката психика и природа. Особено внимание трябва да се обърне на първия разказ "Условен рефлекс", който освен много интересно и внушително написан, може да се спори че всъщност описва реален психологически тест, който ще се ползва в близко бъдеще за подготовка на космонавти. Втория и третия разказ недоразвиват идеите си, от което остава впечатление на недовършеност и недоизказ ...more
Cedric
Jul 18, 2013 Cedric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein-Satz-Review

Der technologische Fortschritt von Prix' Welt wird in den farbigen Geschichten ins Innere verlagert: Die Reisen durchs All sind öde und unspektakulär, Aliens gibt es nicht, die gesellschaftlichen Hierarchien ändern sich nicht (Chefs sind unantastbar und Frauen kommen nicht vor), doch in der Kabine des Raumschiff tobts, in den zentralen Schaltstellen einer delokalisierten, havarierten Kommandobrücke, wo Fliegen (Test), Katzen (Terminus) und Irrlichter (Die Patrouille) auftauchen, i
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Majka Skowrońska
Kolejne podejście do tej książki. W czwartej klasie podstawówki była to dla mnie męczarnia i niestety teraz było niewiele lepiej. Słyszałam, że są lepsze książki Lema, dlatego naprawdę nie rozumiem dlaczego akurat ta jest w lekturze (moim zdaniem pierwsza do usunięcia z lektury). Praktycznie nic się tam nie dzieje, większość tekstu to rozmyślania pilota Pirxa. Nawet słuchanie tej książki było dla mnie straszliwie nudne. Nie polecam.
Bushn
Apr 17, 2016 Bushn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goes a long way with a strange kind of fake technological mysticism, where readers are led to the magic waters three times only to be diverted to a somewhat lame scientific diagram, explaining everything but revealing nothing special.

Until Terminus! Where we finally get to play and imagine a soul through the science. Otherwise, we're in space and on the moon. Been there done that.
Bob
Aug 22, 2013 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Stanislaw Lem is a Polish science fiction writer who died in 2006. His writing is set in a futuristic, space travel setting but really explores the inner world of his characters. With Pirx, he explores in separate chapters that could more or less stand alone, phenomenon of lateral thinking and problem solving, sensory deprivation, the fatal mental errors we can make in stress situations, our urges to avoid anything associated with death and dying (Albatross), and the ways we (projected in this c ...more
Mathew
May 26, 2014 Mathew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compilation of Lem hard SF short stories. Groundbreaking in style for their time; a big contrast from US SF of the 50s and 60s. However, too often the plot fails to go anywhere and you just end up with a short sketch of an imagined future of space travel. Perhaps closest in style to Arthur C Clarke.
Zack
Apr 28, 2013 Zack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Synopsis: Incidents in the life of a cadet star pilot.

Thoughts: This is my second time reading this book, and some of the stories suffer a little from knowing the twist ending (or, in case of imperfect remembrance, not knowing the twist ending but knowing that there was a twist ending). Otherwise, this is very fine "hard" sci-fi that is more in the tradition of classic sea stories than Lem's more cerebral Solaris or more experimental Imaginary Magnitude.

Rating: Four Stars. Why Lem's name isn't
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Paul
Jan 22, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loses nothing in translation (is that good or bad?). Come to think of it I don't think Hemingway would lose anything in translation either. The message is definitely in the content and not the form. Worth it even if only for the story about the schizophrenic robot holding 'memories' of dead shipmates.
Wayne
Jun 08, 2011 Wayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book. It wasn't an adventure-filled SF book with spaceships zooming hither and yon, but was rather more thoughty than I was expecting. Several of the stories ended rather abruptly, without a real resolution.

The writing itself was very interesting. It had a feel to it that wasn't like anything I'm used to. Was it really significantly different than I'm used to from SF writers from the US? Would I have noticed a difference if I didn't know Lem wasn't from the US? I don't kn
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Janeks
Jun 29, 2014 Janeks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy readable. More about humans and characters then about technology or philosophy. Moon landscape descriptions were spectacular.
Connor
Nov 22, 2015 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing collection with a superb finish in 'Terminus'. Definitely more of the Lem I love than the Cyberiad.
Stefaan Van ryssen
very funny and at the smae time mindboggling. Vintage Lem.
Jamesb
Nov 09, 2014 Jamesb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
funny scoff novel a light read contrasting Asimov's IRobot
Hagalmir
Sep 17, 2014 Hagalmir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool and funny at the same time, much like the Cyberiad.
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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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