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The Futurological Congress by Stanisław Lem
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Sep 16, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: academics and other soothsayers
Read from September 12 to 16, 2010

A fantastic parody, first of hotel conference culture, which in short order descends into an absurdist future of medication and pharmacology. The nonsense does get a bit overwhelming at certain points and once unfrozen, Tichy does get a bit annoying as the innocent in the brave new world. Still the twist at the end, while fairly predictable, is still great. Also, as a prototype for such sci fi as THE MATRIX and FUTURAMA this is awesome. As socio-political commentary, I think Lem has done better. But the critique of the psycho-pharmaceutical industry Lem was dead on - in addition there are some wonderful ideas, like Linguistic Futurology or the numerical speed presentations of academic papers situate Lem as one of the best satirists around.

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