Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanislaw Lem

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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. Translated by Louis Iribarne. 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 November 30, 1990 by Mariner Books. 218 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Only the last story, "Terminus," in which an ancient robot still relives a long-ago catastrophe, foreshadows the Lem to come--and though it barely begins to explore the intricacies which Lem has discovered in the subject of man-made intelligence, it is certainly one of the best robot stories ever...

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The two long yarns, unfortunately, are not so much fiction as rather pedantic reflections on the nature of artificial intelligence: a choppy and overinvolved Turing test, in which Pirx must identify (and foil the murderous plans of) the robot among his crew as they fly through the rings of Saturn;

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