Fiasco by Stanislaw Lem

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Book Information  
AuthorStanislaw Lem
GenreScience Fiction
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by Adam 
(Feb 20, 2005)

"Fiasco" is a challenge to all the optimistic assumptions behind humanity's SETI - Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence - and is a long way of suggesting that maybe ET isn't interested. The book has space-opera, but no clear enemy; conflict as diplomacy, and philosophical ideas stealthily hidden as action.

Submitted by 
(Feb 18, 2005)

If you're used to exciting SF with clear good guys and bad guys, Fiasco will require some patience. The story stalls at times, wandering into philosophical reflections on society and non-existent technology. But if you stick with it, you'll be very glad you did. I read this book almost fifteen years ago, and it easily ranks with the most memorable SF books I've ever read. Highest recommendation, a masterpiece.

Submitted by ZedAr 
(Dec 16, 2004)

The best SF book I've ever read. It is about the struggle of finding own identity. Dramatic development and fantastic ending make this book a masterpiece. Interrupted by excellent short stories, the plot keeps reader's attention at maximum.

Lem keeps the reader uncertain about what is happening next. His hi-tech descriptions of future are fantastic and he makes the reader beleive that nothing is impossible.


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