The Futurological Congress (From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy)

The Futurological Congress (From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy)

by Stanislaw Lem

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Overview

The Franz Kafka Prize-winning author invites you to a doped-up dystopia. “Nobody can really know the future. But few could imagine it better than Lem.”—The Paris Review
 
Bringing his twin gifts of scientific speculation and scathing satire to bear on that hapless planet, Earth, Polish author Stanislaw Lem sends his unlucky cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the Eighth Futurological Congress in Costa Rica to discuss the overpopulation problem. Caught up in local revolution, Tichy is shot and so critically wounded that he is flashfrozen to await a cure. But when he awakens in 2039, he is faced with a future unlike any that the Congress could have ever imagined. Translated by Michael Kandel.
 
“A vision of Earth’s future where the authorities dose the population with ‘psychemicals’ to make life in a desperately over-populated world worth living.”—The Boston Globe
 
“Lem’s view of the overcrowded future is original and disturbing. A pessimistic, mordantly funny book.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Lem writes with a humor underlined by his commentary on the way the world is.”—SF Site

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547539805
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/1985
Series: Ijon Tichy Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 185,962
File size: 569 KB

About the Author

Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) was the most widely translated and best known science fiction author writing outside of the English language. Winner of the Kafka Prize, he was a contributor to many magazines, including the New Yorker, and the author of numerous works, including Solaris.

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