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  1. says:

    I like Pirx the Pilot First off, he s a spaceman working the dangerous but necessary profession of space transport His universe isn t like the clean, Art Deco inspired spaceships of the traditional Star Trek franchise It could be right around the corner in a gas station bay, a machine shop, or the engine of a small tramp steamer capable but messy Secondly, the man himself teems with thoughts and ideas but show little of this to those around him Only we, the readers, see the metal gyrations that he goes through while resolving the dilemma or mystery that faces him For ultimately, each tale is a mystery that Pirx must solve and he does so in his very unique way And last but not least, Mr Lem crafts each tale with ingenuity and hidden depths that draw the reader in.This is the second collection of stories about Pirx The first book, Tales of Pirx the Pilot dealt with his training and early missions In these five tales we read about his working days as a seasoned spaceman In each Pirx confronts an unlikely but deadly or potentially so situation The author spins a strange and provocative story in each Whether the phrasing is a result of translation or a faithful copy of how Mr Lem wants the story to flow my bet , I find the pacing to be different than contemporaneous American science fiction Its one of the things that sets the tone of the universe that Pirx inhabits.In the first his crew is stricken by illness the mumps with just a couple of others unaffected to man the essential stations But because of their individual foibles one a bootlegger and a drunk, another unqualified, etc Pirx must stage manage them through a return voyage Sounds pretty ho hum until Pirx realizes that he has encountered the first, indisputable proof of advanced alien civilization It s the greatest discovery ever, but through no fault of his own it will elude mankind forever.Two of the others involve robots as commonly depicted in SF literature, television, and movies In one case Pirx, an accomplished climber it seems, discovers that a missing exploration robot has shown an initiative that surprises all of them It has resulted in the destruction of the robot, but this is only discovered when Pirx realizes why the robot had set off on its journey His two companions would not and indeed cannot comprehend his insight after all it was only a machine The other robot is a heavy duty mining and construction model that suffers damage to its brain during a severe moonquake Pirx helps a collection of scientists and workers track and locate the killer it has lasered several men to death The task is difficult the robot is rugged, designed for the lunar environment and has an invisible very high power laser that can cut you down before you know it has fired In the end another person makes the kill, but not before Pirx has created a kind of rapport with it.The fourth story involves humanoid robots one would likely imagine them as androids that are described as nonlinears by themselves and their creators its the slang of the day Pirx is asked to take a crew of strangers into space that will contain some actual humans and some nonlinears He s not supposed to know which are which but he is asked to keenly observe their actions Pirx understands that those in power would like to use such nonlinears to replace men in many professions, including his own Pirx tries to be an honest man, but a few crew members come to him in confidence to reveal themselves or label others The essence of this tale is psychological because the machines are good enough to fool an observer An ordinary writer would just proceed with the story and Pirx s solution, but not Mr Lem He begins this tale with an formal case where Pirx is up on charges of negligence the result of his allowing a situation to develop where the humans and nonlinears were put to an extreme test You ll have to read the book to see what happens.The last tale involves another psychological dilemma A new, monster spacecraft comes in to land on Mars All goes well until the last few kilometers then all hell breaks loose The ship begins to lose trim, the onboard computer announces an imminent meteorite impact and switches to full main drive power, the ship goes out of control and dives into the surface killing all aboard Pirx is the only trained pilot who sees the disaster and has access to the ground and ship based records such as they are and he is asked to stay over and participate in the investigation To make things interesting, there are two identical sister ships on their way scheduled to land in a few days Its a tense couple of days as the Mars based members of the commission are set against the Earth based ones, including representatives of the shipyard that built the vessels Although the factual evidence is slight, Pirx uncovers the why behind the crash, but only after dredging up memories from his own past.Like many other widely esteemed authors, Stanislaw Lem is a man who trained for another profession, but had a greater love for writing His style is unmistakable and his concepts and plots are among the best When I read several of his books long ago, I liked them, but perhaps did not appreciate them as much as today Sure I, like Pirx himself, will read trashy sci fi, but I generally enjoy the good stuff better More Tales of Pirx the Pilot is definitely one of the better books to read.


  2. says:

    Call it 3.5 stars on average, though some stories are 4 and some 3 Once again, Lem s tales of Pirx are mainly focused on the fallibility of man, as revealed by the fallibility all too often neglected by sci fi writers of his machines The collection leads off with Pirx s Tale , intended to destroy any expectations the reader may have of romance or adventure in space Pirx starts by confessing that he likes to read trashy, obviously untrue science fiction, full of adventures, as a distraction from the reality of space, which is that t he days of space adventurers were over, because for the most part there weren t any adventures to be had He then goes on to describe his first job, collecting junked hulls in Mercury orbit to be returned to Earth to be melted down for scrap The ship he pilots is only barely in better shape than the hulls he is picking up The crew are a collection of castoffs, and anyway when the story proper written before the advent of vaccination in Poland, I guess opens, almost all are down with the mumps, with the exception of a radiotelegraph operator, who is a drunkard, and the second engineer, who turns out to be a civil engineer, rather than astronautical one Thus, when news arrives of a meteorite swarm from, unusually, another solar system Pirx is essentially running the ship all by himself As a result, there is nobody there to confirm his sighting of a gigantic, ancient, likely dead alien vehicle in the center of the swarm, and the tape that was supposed to be recording the data has run out and, due to an oversight caused by all the work Pirx has had to do in single handedly dealing with the rustbucket ship , not been replaced Plus, the only reason Pirx was able to get a good look at the object is that he is, to save money, illegally flying in the plane of the ecliptic, and as a young pilot the resulting to do might well end his career Therefore, Pirx opts not to report his sighting, and a great space adventure is forestalled by a combination of bad luck, incompetence, penny pinching, and technical problems It s a brilliant statement of Lem s attitude towards science fiction The Accident pivots towards the collection s sub theme, robots The story starts with a nice breakdown of how three people, in close quarters for two months, can start to annoy each other no end However, the second half is a long description of rock climbing that I found kind of boring The point about the titular accident being caused by programming which was, in a way, too successful, rather than buggy, is well made, but the emphasis on the rock climbing seems unnecessary The Hunt starts in a similar fashion to Pirx s Tale Pirx arrives at the Moon, but a mixup means that his cargo isn t there he has to argue with the bureaucrats to get a room at Luna Base, deal with the time change that suddenly shifts him from noon shipboard time to 10 pm lunar time, eat a mediocre meal at the hotel restaurant and then go to his cramped, uncomfortable room, without hot water Lem even has him say that t hese were not the romantic days of astronautics Which makes it a bit surprising when, the next morning, an announcement summons all men with military training Pirx goes, feeling that this is simply of his usual bad luck and making fun of the possibility of derring do The problem turns out to be a malfunctioning mining robot a Setaur , damaged in an unexpected meteor shower another chance to point out the fallibility of modern science predictions of meter showers on the Moon are just as poor as weather predictions on Earth, Pirx complains , and now apparently gone rogue it has already killed at least one person The handful of men with military training there are no enemies to fight on the moon, so there aren t many are mobilized, with what weapons can be improvised, to track it down In fact, it turns out that the Setaur, malfunctioning though it is, is better equipped as a hunter than the humans, making it a little ambiguous at times who is hunting who Indeed, for Pirx the hunt itself is largely uncomfortable and confusing Communications are hampered by solar activity which makes the use of satellite transmission impossible finding the Setaur is very difficult due to the terrain and the presence of metal junk everywhere the jury rigged weapons are likely to be useless against a small, mobile target the transporter they travel in imposes considerably physical discomfort The whole thing has the quality of a highly technical bad dream, especially given the increasing identification between Pirx and the Setaur To say that Pirx survives and the Setaur does not is not to spoil anything what matters is the identification between man and machine, an identification that is made even stronger, Lem insists, when the machine malfunctions The Inquest tries to get at the same questions, but doesn t do as good a job In this case the robots are extremely human like androids, which leads Lem into a lot of unnecessary and not particularly enlightening noodling about the real nature of humanity The story itself, a murder mystery of sorts, isn t bad, but the conclusion, that Pirx triumphs thanks to the unpredictable bumbling of human nature, is somewhat mechanistic, despite Lem s desire to demonstrate how non mechanical people are In a way, it s probably easier to interrogate human nature via the obviously non human Setaur from The Hunt Ananke starts out in typical fashion, demolishing a romantic notion of space exploration in this case, the focus is Mars, which, Pirx declares to himself, is a fraud The fraudulence of the dream of Mars and its canals is a proof of the frailty of human nature, and it is by meditating on said frailty that Pirx is in the end enabled to discover the software bug that is at the center of the story Bugs are a dominant feature of our interactions with all sorts of devices, one that has not diminished one bit as the sophistication of our computers increase, so it continues to surprise me how rarely they play an important role in science fiction stories The only problem with the story, in fact, is Lem s overly mechanistic attitude towards human psychology for the story, it s perhaps necessary that a man s personality can be laid bare, distilled, reduced to a handful of reflexes, as pitiful as they were inescapable , but I don t think that this is not a particularly accurate description of the functioning of actual human beings Nonetheless, the elegiac, wistful tone of the story, with its constant references to the astronomers who fought for centuries over the question of whether or not Mars had canals, only for the very idea to be discarded out of hand, makes for a fitting conclusion to a collection of stories which try to do to Buck Rogers what modern astronomy did to Schiaparelli.


  3. says:

    Stanislaw Lem is an almost criminally underrated Sci Fi author, and translations of his books are rare in the US I grew up reading him, though, so it s nice to revisit the classics He tells stories of space travel that are cerebral, but that also raise some interesting issues of emotion and what it means to be human His ongoing Pirx the Pilot novels are great and I m glad I have this one.


  4. says:

    I was just recently thinking about how science fiction authors tend to forget how variable the distance between the planets is, especially those beyond Earth s orbit that Mars, for example varies from 54 million kilometers to 401 million kilometers from the Earth and the Moon A trip that might take seven days when Mars is near would take almost two months when Mars is far with similar increases in fuel use.Of course, I should have expected Lem to do so And not as the technical background of a story but the political background With Mars moving further from the earth, super freighters become essential, both to get as many supplies as possible to Mars while it is still relatively inexpensive, and, I suspect, to keep supply costs down as fuel costs rise Pirx, as a captain of a smaller ship, recognizes what s happening But is still elated at the sight of those technological wonders.The real transition in these stories, however, is the rise of the computer They are gaining than just intelligence They are gaining laziness, ambition, and neuroses And Pirx, nearing forty by the end of the book, has seen the change with an occasional front row seat.


  5. says:

    Although I gave this collection of stories a 4 overall, it is worth noting that one of the short tales, The Inquest was 5 star worthy It was phenomenal, gripping, and overall an excellent example of how sci fi can be written to withstand the test of time and delve into complex topics that span both generations and continents With the tale covering the intersection of AI, robotics, anthropomorphism, and deception, I kept thinking about how it would fit seamlessly along with episodes of the modern TV show Black Mirror an excellent show, basically a modern day Twilight Zone , despite The Inquest having been written in the 1960s.The collection considered as a whole was still great, and as usual, Lem did not disappoint I will have to keep working my way through his works as I have yet to come across writing of his that disagreed with me.


  6. says:

    Conoc al piloto Pirx como una momia congelada dentro de un megapasos en una luna de Saturno Todo el mundo sabe que Pirx, y no Parvis, fue tra do de nuevo a la vida e intervino en el Fiasco monumental, y que su muerte fue la m s pica de todas, en Quinta Harpiyae Me fascina la manera en que el pesimismo obsesivo de Lem le hac a ver un desastre potencial en cada avance tecnol gico, c mo llev la ciencia ficci n a una playa de arena gris y mar negro, el hecho de que haya comprendido que ning n avance tecnol gico eliminar la ineptitud humana No me canso de leer a Lem.


  7. says:

    Five stories of Pirx the Pilot, as a somewhat older man, including the often anthologized story The Hunt the writing is involved than the earlier stories, but still essentially in a straightforward narrative style and hard science fiction about technology.


  8. says:

    Very smart and very funny


  9. says:

    I took this along on a recent trip to Asia Lem, the recently deceased author of the truly disturbing Solaris btw, the Russian film version of the novel is also supremely creepy I haven t seen the newer version brings on world weary Pirx for these five wonderful stories world weary at the age of 40 such is the lot of interplanetary space pilots, who must undergo rigorous annual physical and mental examinations age takes its toll.These stories are very entertaining and masterfully written in The Accident is a description of technical rock climbing, albeit on a planet in an alien solar system, that far surpasses Jon Krackauer The best story in my opinion is Ananke the Greek Goddess of destiny or compulsion as we learn , set on Mars Mars is not a glamorous place the closer one got to it, the it lost its solid red exterior, the it ceased to be the emblem of a war god, the it revealed its drabness, spots, stainsa gray brown blight rocked by eternal wind A catastrophic event traces back not to an alien presence as I initially thought, thinking of Solaris but to human compulsion remember Ananke transferred to computer software.Stanislaw Lem s writings tend to the dark and pessimistic, probably due in part to growing up in Poland in the nightmare years of WWII and living in the post war Soviet era These are probably his lightest stories, and well worth reading.


  10. says:

    Few books are aptly titled that More Tales of Pirx the Pilot if you have read Tales of Pirx the Pilot you know exactly what you are getting of the same It s a little less original this time around, and you aren t really getting to understand the main character any better than you did in the first collection, there s just .More well done little stories They feel a little hollow, but only because they are frequently treading the same ground that was tread trodden equally well in the first book.


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