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Overview

A space cruiser, in search of its sister ship, encounters beings descended from self-replicating machines.

In the grand tradition of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, Stanislaw Lem's The Invincible tells the story of a space cruiser sent to an obscure planet to determine the fate of a sister spaceship whose communication with Earth has abruptly ceased. Landing on the planet Regis III, navigator Rohan and his crew discover a form of life that has apparently evolved from autonomous, self-replicating machines—perhaps the survivors of a “robot war. ” Rohan and his men are forced to confront the classic quandary: what course of action can humanity take once it has reached the limits of its knowledge? In The Invincible , Lem has his characters confront the inexplicable and the bizarre: the problem that lies just beyond analytical reach.

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ISBN-13: 9780262538473
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 202,782
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stanisław Lem (1921–2006), a writer called “worthy of the Nobel Prize” by the New York Times, was an internationally renowned author of novels, short stories, literary criticism, and philosophical essays. His books have been translated into forty-four languages and have sold more than thirty million copies.

N. Katherine Hayles is Professor of English and Design/Media Arts at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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“Lem is a philosopher of science fiction. His imagination takes his work to a higher level than other science fiction, expressing his profound concern and insight into our relationship to the universe. When we enter his world, Lem leads us to a deeper, distant place.”

Liu Cixin

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