Congratulations to Daniel Schnee - winner of our October book review contest! Daniel's winning review of Stanislaw Lem's The Cyberiad is reproduced below.
In Lem’s future world, the idea
that science is the answer to everything is revealed to be more capable of
creating a dystopia than Utopia, and the two constructors enthusiastically
chase the dream of the perfect machine.
What are the results? A device
that can create anything starting with the letter N starts erasing all of
reality in order to “create” Nothing, two opposing cybernetic armies end up
dancing through the meadows together – holding hands and happily picking
flowers, and a benign machine begins harming the galaxy with poems. Trurl and Klapaucius travel the Universe
ultimately doing more harm than good, and thus is the message of the book: the
drive for perfection usually ends up achieving its opposite, no matter how
clever humanity becomes. But whether the
stories are delightfully silly or poignantly profound, The Cyberiad is a brilliant and highly entertaining work of science
fiction – instantly engaging, and worthy of being called a classic.