book review: the cyberiad

I love Stanislaw Lem stories. The Cyberiad is filled with stories about these two rival constructors Trurl and Klapaucius and the amazing things they invent and the troubles they get into. The stories read like fairy tales because of the surfeit of kings of planets who demand things and then won’t pay and then everybody gets into a huge huff and things sort of work themselves out. My favourite story was about the Pirate with a PhD, who wanted all of the constructors’ knowledge and they were horrified because “We’re so smart and full of knowledge that’ll take forever!” Almost everything is solved by building a clever robot, or a dumb robot in a clever way. Great stuff.

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