The Truth and Other Stories

Paperback, 340 pages

English language

Published Sept. 13, 2022 by MIT Press.

2 stars (4 reviews)

Of these twelve short stories by science fiction master Stanisław Lem, only three have previously appeared in English, making this the first new book of fiction by Lem since the late 1980s. The stories display the full range of Lem's intense curiosity about scientific ideas as well as his sardonic approach to human nature, presenting as multifarious a collection of mad scientists as any reader could wish for. Many of these stories feature artificial intelligences or artificial life forms, long a Lem preoccupation; some feature quite insane theories of cosmology or evolution. All are thought provoking and scathingly funny.

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4 stars

This is a great collection of classic sci-fi stories that I highly recommend! I actually hadn't read any Stanislaw Lem before and am now keen to read more.

It is always fascinating to dive into visions of the future from the past, and many of the questions raised in these stories are timeless. The stories are arranged by publication date, and it is interesting to see their focus shift over time.
This would almost have been 5 stars overall, but a recurring theme in some of the stories really annoyed me, so I deducted 1.

Story by story:
1. The Hunt: This is really a story about humans and humanity. Very sad start to the collection, but I liked it.
2. Rat in the Labyrinth: The first of multiple stories dealing with aliens coming to earth, and the possible nature of alien life. This was a novel take on that …

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  • Science Fiction
  • Short Stories