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The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem
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Dec 27, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: scifi, polish, short-stories, robots
Read from September 11 to October 06, 2010 , read count: 1

I have to give this book an award for Best Chapter Title:

"The Fourth Sally, or How Trurl Built a Femfatalatron to Save Prince Pantagoon from the Pangs of Love, and How Later He Resorted to a Cannonade of Babies."

While the chapter on dragons is by far my favorite sally, mostly for the beginning theoretical explanations of how dragons cannot exist, except by bizarre partial probability equations. Ingenious.

As for Sally 1A, isn't it a bit bizarre that a robot builds the ultimate poetry machine, and that all the other robot poets are shamed by it? Considering it says, rather specifically, that machines cannot write verse (in that they have no soul, I believe it was--this was rather a lot of sallies ago)? Which is an interesting discussion point on the difference between robot and machine.

Overall, a masterpiece of science, mathematics, imagination, philosophy, theology, satire, robotkind, and humankind. An epic of the future, if Odysseus were a robot.
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