Fiasco by Stanislaw Lem

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The planet Quinta is pocked by ugly mounds and covered by a spiderweb-like network. It is a kingdom of phantoms and of a beauty afflicted by madness. In stark contrast, the crew of the spaceship Hermes represents a knowledge-seeking Earth. As they approach Quinta, a dark poetry takes over and leads them into a nightmare of misunderstanding. Translated by Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Stanislaw Lem is the most widely translated and best known science fiction author writing outside of the English language. Winner of the Kafka Prize, he is a contributor to many magazines, including the New Yorker, and he is the author of numerous works, including Solaris.
Published July 18, 2012 by Mariner Books. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pure "hard" sf of the finest: developing and embellishing some of the ideas put forth in One Human Minute (1986), Leto presents a disturbing, highly intelligent, and scathing account of medium-future humanity's attempt to contact an extraterrestrial civilization.

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