Memoirs of a Space Traveler follows the adventures of Ijon Tichy, a Gulliver of the space age, who leads readers through strange experiments involving, among other puzzling phenomena, faulty time machines, intelligent washing machines, and suicidal potatoes. The scientists Tichy encounters make plans that are grandiose, and strike bargains that are Faustian. They pursue humanity's greatest and most ancient obsessions: immortality, artificial intelligence, and top-of-the-line consumer items.
By turns satirical, philosophical, and absurd, these stories express the most starkly original and prescient notions of a master of speculative fiction.
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Table of Contents
The Eighteenth VoyageThe Twenty-fourth VoyageFurther Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy I II III IV V (The Washing Machine Tragedy)Doctor DiagorasLet Us Save the Universe(An Open Letter from Ijon Tichy)
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