I can not help but root for Pirx the Pilot. Unfocused, day dreaming, and distracted at the drop of a hat, Stanislaw Lem's Pirx is a hero for all the wrong reasons. Also, I think Lem's books have amazing cover art.
It is pretty evident that Pirx is clueless. Starting as a cadet, we follow Pirx's rather successful career as a pilot and space adventurer. His commanders seem to understand his capabilities and assign him missions he can complete, but it always takes Pirx a while to figure this out. He imagines romantic scenarios around every simple mission. While he believes failure or death imminent, everything works out just fine. It isn't blind luck, Pirx puts in the effort but he doesn't trust himself. This is a very endearing read.
I've ordered a copy of More Tales of Pirx the Pilot. I bet they are just as much fun.
Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanislaw Lem
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