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Frieden Auf Erden (Ijon Tichy #4)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  763 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Ijon Tichy is the only human who knows for sure whether the self-programming robots on the moon are plotting a terrestrial invasion. But a highly focused ray severs his corpus collosum. Now his left brain can’t remember the secret and his uncooperative right brain won’t tell. Tichy struggles for control of the lost memory and of his own two warring sides. Translated by Eli ...more
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John E. Branch Jr.
At the outset of this tale, mankind has indeed managed to bring about peace on earth, but there’s a problem, and the redoubtable space adventurer Ijon Tichy (who figures into a number of Lem’s earlier writings) has been brought in to solve it. The major powers of Earth have realized that weapons are being developed faster than they can be limited by international agreement, and they’ve devised an ingenious stratagem: the moon will be divided into a handful of national sectors, and a new internat ...more
Ivo Crnkovic-Rubsamen
Classic Lem, Peace On Earth is a whimsical execution of a great concept. Part insightful look into neurology as it intersects with behavioral psychology and part cold war era hard sci-fi, the book touches both bases well and makes their fusion interesting and integral to the plot. The premise of the book exactly touches on what I have always suspected about the cold war mentality, namely that the whole thing was totally irrational and became more and more self-referential as each military commit ...more
Oct 28, 2014 eva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, fiction
i do like an ijon tichy story, and this one had some amusing/interesting ideas, but it lost steam near the end. one of the weaker lem books i've read.
Sep 19, 2015 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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Stanislav Lem's Peace on Earth
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - September 18, 2015

Astronaut Ijon Tichy goes on a secret mission to the moon & gets a callotomy from forces unknown presumed to be the forces he was there to spy on: "While I'm urinating, I feel this little snap. Like a crack in the neck, only higher, in the middle of the skull. It was a remote callotomy. It didn't hurt." (p 2)

"The corpus callosum is a band of nerve fibers located deep in the brain that connects the tw
Lukasz Pruski
I grew up on Stanisław Lem. Most people know him as a science-fiction writer, but he was a philosopher, futurologist, social and literary critic first, and a sci-fi author second. I do not want to repeat what I wrote about Lem here , when reviewing his very good book (four stars was my rating) "The Chain of Chance" (the Polish title is "Katar"). "Peace on Earth" (1987) is not quite on the same level, but still, it is a greatly enjoyable and thought-provoking read. It could technically be catego ...more
Extremely boring. I had to stop reading it.
Alexander Miles
Aug 10, 2015 Alexander Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never read anything from Lem before, so this was an introduction for me. A bit strange from the outset, Peace on Earth follows an older model of science fiction than I've been reading in a long time. Lots of invented words, techno-babble, unique concepts, and entertaining anachronism (robots, lasers, and... typewriters?). The characters were fairly thin all around, but the novelty of the concepts makes up for most of that. The narrative jumps around the time line constantly. It takes a slow ...more
Apr 07, 2013 Sooz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
how is it? in my mid-fifties, and having been a sci-fi fan since i read The Big Eye by Max Simon Ehrlich when i was 11 or 12 or some such tender age, there are still so many wonderful sci fi writers i've not read? (and yes The Big Eye IS as bad as it's cover suggests. didn't matter. i instantly became enamored with science fiction)

this brings me to Stanislaw Lem - who i am reading for the first time. i am loving this book and Lem's vision of a possible outcome of the arms race. given that everyone's defenses are such that mi
Sep 22, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF fans; fans of Lem
Recommended to Mark by: me
This is a humorous novel by Lem that I read a number of years ago. I believe that it was one of his last works of fiction before he passed away (?) I recall that a good portion of the book included a scathing indictment of SDI/'star wars', i.e., the futility and insanity of building weapons systems in space. For example, one could build a 'defensive' missle shield of some kind in Earth orbit. But then there would be a need to protect the shield, so, say anit-satellites would need to be construct ...more
Chris Herdt
A man returns from a reconnaissance mission to the moon with a severed corpus callosum, effectively rendering him as two separate entities in a single body. The left hemisphere of the brain narrates the story, while the right hemisphere causes trouble and may be harboring secrets that governments and agencies around the world would like to get their hands on.

(Unlike most plots that involve a neuroscience gimmick, Nicola did not immediately cringe upon my description.)

It's a mystery, a thriller,
Nov 13, 2014 Yacoob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trošku komplikovanější struktura vyprávění, ale zápletka za to docela stojí. Vadí mi chyby v překladu, který podle mě prošel slovenštinou (ať již autorovou, nebo slovenským překladem). Zajímavých nápadů je díky autorově erudici spousta, takže neztrácejí ani po těch letech nic z aktuálnosti.
Martino Clandestino
As usual with Lem very witty despite a serious background, great use of language. Good translation into German, in this case. Quite a down-to-Earth story with very current motifs concerning AI and modern warfare.
Tapani Aulu
En tiennyt että tämä oli jatko-osa aiemmille Tichy-kirjoille, mutta ei haitannut. Aika täynnä hassuja anakronismejä ja ehkä tahallaankin "vanhaa" scifiä, mutta vauhtia ja outoja tilanteita riitti Lem-tyyliin.
Apr 08, 2010 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Profundus Librum
Dec 05, 2013 Profundus Librum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stanislaw Lem Béke a Földön című regénye a szerző Ijon Tichy sorozatának negyedik kötete. A világhíres lengyel szerző eme kései művében sem hazudtolja meg önmagát, és eddigi történeteihez hasonlóan magas színvonalú, lassú folyású science-fictionbe oltott magvas, filozófiai gondolatokkal átitatott társadalmi szatírát állít görbe tükörként olvasói elé. A szöveg néhol kicsit nehézkesen olvasható, jókora mondatszörnyekkel tarkított, de ez talán még hozzá is ad az élményfaktorhoz – el biztosan nem ve ...more
Jerry Vinokurov
It's not Lem's best work; written late in life, it's a sort of extension of the Tichy corpus, but without much of the whimsy that accompanied "The Star Diaries" and its successors. Lem lays on the satirical philosophizing a bit too heavily at times, and the action stutters about, but the book is worthwhile for the various gems of dialogue and writing that can be found in it. Overall, I don't regret taking the time to read it, but I don't think it's essential Lem; a fan choosing to skip this one ...more
Una historia interesante a la que le cuesta coger el ritmo.
Izarra Varela
Science fiction has to be a little campy to work, I think, and Stanislaw Lem finds the right balance of cultural relevance and pulpy silliness to make this book work.

(I borrowed this book for my husband, who's more into the sci-fi genre than I am, but found myself with nothing to read—well, nothing but A Hundred Days of Solitude, which I am sloggggging through—so I thought I'd give it a go. Glad I did.)
Shira and Ari Evergreen
Jul 15, 2009 Shira and Ari Evergreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans, nonviolence advocates, people interested in AI and robots
Shelves: scifi
Lem's story of the arms race crossed with artificial intelligence is a wry, witty, imaginative page-turner that brings us from a futuristic earth to the surface of the moon, where fantastical robots baffle the narrator with their technological innovations. The characters aren't very likable but they're very funny and well-written; the ending fell a little flat but was ultimately satisfying.
Mar 09, 2011 Lolotehe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite character in the book is the doctor's brother who is house-sitting (to water and mind the plants). He's using the time to write a book about all the people who discovered what was edible and what was not. Lem spends a few pages going into detail about this wonderful, imaginary book.

All the house-plants died, by the way.
May 23, 2008 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jared by: Mike Q
For an author that was billed as "The Russian Kurt Vonnegut," Lem creates a paranoid future world that is far more antagonistic and less resigned than anything Vonnegut produced.

The plot recklessly plows through genres, blending space adventure, cold war spy thriller, and surrealist play. It's a mess, but it's a wonderful mess.
Ullrich Franke
Oct 12, 2014 Ullrich Franke rated it really liked it
Wundervolles Buch. Wirkt allerdings sehr ironisch.
Miki Herscovici
This is a classic Lem, with all the humor, the fascinating ideas, and the anti-establishment attitude. Still it's not one of his best. It's extremely dense, rather hard to follow, and the ending is somewhat disappointing.
just finished it. i'm not a big admirer of sci-fi literature, but what i like in works of Lem that they are so close to the reality and you almost can see our not far future. he basically predicts events and technologies...
Jan 19, 2015 Piotr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, as all Lem ones. Even it is a bit weaker than some others, still I had a good fun reading it.
Jul 18, 2012 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and articulate, as well as gripping. However, I felt the last third or quarter was of the "I'm just gonna bang this out on the keyboard and end this thing" variety.
Miss natalie
Jul 12, 2010 Miss natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is telling a story being told by a man who's left and right brain have been severed, and are in a since at war with each other.. it's amazing
Jan 11, 2013 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
easily the best cold war neurology thriller i've ever read. best read as a complement to Solaris/Asimov's Nemesis. pro-read zone
May 09, 2013 Josephb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nueva Reseña en Mundo Macgregoriano:
Lucian McMahon
Feb 07, 2012 Lucian McMahon rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised--not at all what I was expecting after having read Solaris. Great read.
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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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