Mortal Engines

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992 - Fiction - 239 pages
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These fourteen science fiction stories reveal Lem’s fascination with artificial intelligence and demonstrate just how surprisingly human sentient machines can be. “Astonishing is not too strong a word for these tales” (Wall Street Journal). Translated and with an Introduction by Michael Kandel.

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User Review  - William Leight - Goodreads

“Mortal Engines” provides an interesting overview of both halves of Lem's oeuvre. The first half or two-thirds of the book are more of the type of cyber-fables that appear in “The Cyberiad”, though ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jake - Goodreads

I think some of this book may have been lost in translation, but not much because it was still fantastic. The last story (The Mask) alone is so incredible that I can't imagine what it might be like in the original Polish. Definitely five stars. Read full review

About the author (1992)

Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem was born on September 12, 1921. A medical graduate of Cracow University, he is at home both in the sciences and in philosophy, and this broad erudition gives his writings genuine depth. He has published extensively, not only fiction, but also theoretical studies. His books have been translated into 41 languages and sold over 27 million copies. He gained international acclaim for The Cyberiad, a series of short stories, which was first published in 1974. A trend toward increasingly serious philosophical speculation is found in his later works, such as Solaris (1961), which was made into a Soviet film by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and remade by Steven Soderbergh in 2002. He died on March 27, 2006 in Krakow at the age of 84.

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