Tales of Pirx the Pilot, classic scifi by Stanislaw Lem


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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  1. More Tales might be even better than the first book. Over his career, Pirx's bumbling determination becomes humble competence. And great stories.

    The Cyberiad is even better.

  2. The Futurological Congress is amazing, and Solaris is, well, Solaris. Lem is the bomb sad I've almost never seen his books in stores, seeing as how we was a major force in science fiction in the 20th Century.

  3. About the cover arts: I like consistency in layout among US and British editions (though covers differ for the same books.) There does not seem to be any consistency in Polish (original) versions. I hope someday someone will gather all the cover arts for Lem's books in one album.

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