Kongres futurologiczny

Kongres futurologiczny[PDF / Epub] ✑ Kongres futurologiczny ☄ Stanisław Lem – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Ijon Tichy is sent to the 8th World Futurological Congress by Prof Tarantoga The conference focuses on overpopulation It's held at the 164 storey Costa Rica Hilton in Nounas Absurdities abound with th Ijon Tichy is sent to the th World Futurological Congress by Prof Tarantoga The conference focuses on overpopulation It's held at the storey Costa Rica Hilton in Nounas Absurdities abound with the Hilton's guaranteed Bomb free rooms the extravagance of the suite including a palm grove an 'all girl orchestra playing Bach while performing a cleverly choreographed striptease' The conference is absurd Papers are too numerous to allow full presentations They're distributed speakers call out paragraph numbers of the salient points Tichy drinks tap water an hallucinogenic trip begins Notably it never becomes or less absurd than the glimpse of reality presented at the outset Next day he learns the government has drugged the water supply with Love Thy Neighbor a drug causing helpless benevolence Events spiral out of control at the Hilton which is already so chaotic that charred bombing victims are covered with tarps while guests do business The government bombs the hotel Tichy escapes to sewers where rats walk on hind legs He's evacuated by the military but the helicopter crashes He awakes in hospital finds his brain has been transplanted into an attractive young black woman Protesters attack the hospital Tichy is nearly killed again This time he wakes to find he's been transplanted into the body of a fat red haired man His state grows increasingly fragile He can't distinguish reality from hallucination The staff freeze him until a time when medicine can help He awakes in Tichy keeps a journal to chronicle his experience His future shock is so great that he finds he's being introduced to the world in small stages by the medical staff In this utopian society money is no object One can go to the bank reuest a sum borrow it interest free No effort is made to collect as most take a drug that instills a sense of pride work ethic disallowing default There's bias against defrostees There are many words he doesn't understand The talk's a mishmash of words with clear English roots but he's mystified Like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep mood is regulated Whereas Dick's characters use machines to control their emotions Lem's use drugs He gets involved with a woman She takes recriminol to make her combative in arguments Following their break up Tichy becomes disillusioned with the 'psychem' mentality wherein drugs regulate waking moments He resolves to stop taking any drugs confides to his friend Dr Trottelreiner that he can't stand the world Trottelreiner explains that the everyday drugs he's tired of are only the tip of the iceberg Narcotics hallucinogens are trifles compared to 'mascons' powerful enough to mask whole swaths of reality. Books are no longer read but eaten not made of paper but of some informational substance fully digestible sugar coated A few grams of dantine for instance and a man goes around with the deep conviction that he has written The Divine Comedy Stanislaw Lem The Futurological CongressA short novel narrated by cosmonaut Ijon Tichy a kind of futuristic Alexis de Tocueville who shares his travel report and diary beginning at a convention of world futurologists held at a space age hotel in Costa Rica where he has a room one hundred floors above the street Tichy is as clearheaded as Thomas Jefferson or Isaac Newton a well educated gentleman with an impeccable moral sense Too bad Tichy isn’t living in the eighteenth century age of reason rather than the twenty first century of the future where the entire world has gone mad on mass ingestion of every variety and kind of weird pills to alter mood and even weirder chemicals to twist bend rotate and transform the mind This was my very first Stanislaw Lem and it certainly will not be my last Did the author coat the corners of the book’s pages with hallucinogens for me to lick? Sometimes as I turned the pages I thought such a practice would have been most appropriate In a similar spirit below are a batch of psychic hits eight strobe light flashes of what a reader will encounter with Lem's spectacular speculative loop the loop Kill the Pope At a hotel bar one where an all girl orchestra plays Bach while performing striptease to the rhythm of baroue music a burly bearded bloke sticks his double barreled rifle under cosmonaut Tichy’s nose and asks how he likes his papalshooter Big Beard then goes on to explain how he is flying to Rome to shoot the Pope what he terms “Operation P” in the spirit of Abraham and Isaac in reverse rather than father killing son he's son who will kill father And turns out this guy is a devout and loyal Catholic The sole reference to religion in the novel Thank the Lord – with devotion like this who needs fanatics?Future Writers The hotel is also hosting a banuet for Liberated Literature where loudspeakers play “Now to make it in the arts publicize your private parts Critics say you can’t offend ‘em with your phallus or pudendum” And later on Tichy bumps into Harvy Simsworth a writer who turns fairy tales and classic literature into hardcore porno Ali Baba and the Forty Perverts King Leer what Snow White really did with the seven dwarfs what Jack really did with Jill Just in case anybody thinks our current day degenerate literature couldn’t get any debased and debauched Something in the Water Back in his hotel room Tichy's good mood begins to soar higher and higher by the minute Even though he cracks his head on the furniture the lights go out and he can’t get the telephone to work Ijon Tichy considers his hotel room one of the nicest in the world He could hug caress and kiss his worst enemies But when he laughs with uncontrollable hilarity with how “the butter might splutter and make the flame gutter” Ijon senses something is amiss Ah of course The glass of water he drank from the bathroom tap Our rational cosmonaut is given his first glimpse how those in power will attempt to manipulate and control the population – mind altering chemicals Japanese Proposal The futureologists are treated to Hayakawa’s plan for the house of the future eight hundred levels complete with schools shops theaters museums sports fields special gymnasiums for group sex catacombs for nonconformists rotating apartments to alleviate boredom recycled food such as artificial bananas gingerbread and shrimp made from well I’ll spare you Hayakawa’s detail Oh my goodness living in housing like this if you call this living no wonder people eagerly reach for mind expanding feel good drugs I think I’d do the same Kaboom A number of spectators in the upper seats listening to Hayakawa’s grand scheme evidently had a similar reaction someone hurled a Molotov cocktail into the hall Levelheaded Tichy flees to safety and reads the local newspaper the following day “I was amazed to find articles full of saccharine platitudes on the theme of the tender bonds of love as the surest guarantee of universal peace – right beside articles that were full of dire threats articles promising bloody repression or else an eually bloody insurrection” Our cosmonaut reasons that some journalists have been drinking the water and some not Pandemonium The violence escalates beyond the hotel The government acts uickly dropping LTN bombs on the undesirables The results are not as anticipated – LTN stands for Love Thy Neighbor and some of the bombs hit their own riot police Ijon Tichy witnesses “Before my eyes policemen tore the masks from their faces and shedding copious tears of remorse fell to their knees and begged the demonstrators for forgiveness pushing the billy clubs into their hands with fervent pleas to be severely beaten Escape All hell breaks loose and Ijon and several other futurologists seek refuge down in the city’s sewer system Among the many things they encounter are enormous sleek rats walking in single file on their hind legs Ijon pinches himself wondering if he is hallucinating Nope – all of what he is experiencing is as real as real Well maybe UtopiaDystopia After a seuence of rescues from the city sewer system and the rats after surgery and having been kept in deep freeze for years Ijon is defrosted and wakes up in 2038 Ah he can experience for himself humankind’s future New York City Ijon uickly discovers chemicals to induce artificial worlds psychems are all the rage how the city kids and teenagers are so considerate and sweet that’s certainly a switch the weather is determined by vote and how a plethora of words and expressions are new new new new threever pingle hemale placize cobnoddling snthy and dozens If you enjoy language and wordplay you will LOVE this Stanislaw Lem novel On second thought I think I’ll do a reread and lick the pages now and then I’d advise you do the same Thanks to Goodreads friend Manny Rayner for bring this stunning classic of science fiction to my attention Stanislaw Lem 1921 2006 Polish author of satirical essays and science fiction a writer with boundless imagination laser sharp mind lively sense of humor and an uncanny ability to play chess volleyball Russian roulette and hundreds of other games with language Stanislaw Lem outdoes Philip K Dick on the latter's home territory If reading this doesn't make you doubt the solidity of the world for at least a moment or two you are an enviably secure person I'm afraid I still feel apprehensive any time I notice I'm inexplicably out of breath after taking an elevator Luckily that doesn't happen very often A frenetic benzedrinical helter skelter masterwork of neological loopiness and warp nine schizomania served in a tureen of insane prophetic and batshit prose that maintains a neck snapping pace of breathless imaginative dizziness across 129 faultless pages Ok so I don't want to give too much away here This short book almost a novella really takes you on uite a ride and I really enjoyed not knowing where it was going so I'm not going to say too much about the plot But basically it starts in one dystopian future where the main character is at a convention about solving the world's many serious problems and then it takes you to another where all of those problems have been solved by technology and pharmacology in particular This is referred to as a psycho chemical society or chemocracy and the science has advanced so much that cheap and readily available drugs can be used to bring about any desired mental state Specific dreams can be ordered and received in pill form books are no longer read but consumed and drugs can even be taken to make one moral compassionate or understanding A caveman would also resist a streetcar And that's all I want to say about the plot But what follows are some really cool twists and turns and some matrix style what is reality where is technology taking us philosophy as well as some psychology sarcastic humor dystopian conflict and just a little bit of politics Averroes Kant Socrates Newton Voltaire could any of them have believed it possible that in the twentieth century the scourge of cities the poisoner of lungs the mass murderer and idol of millions would be a metal receptacle on wheels and that people would actually prefer being crushed to death inside it during frantic weekend exoduses instead of staying safe and sound at home?I enjoyed this It was a fun easy read that dealt with some serious topics and made me think I'm always amazed too when I read a book that's been around for a while this was first published in 1971 and I realize how many newer ideas that I thought were so original have been contemplated by great thinkers before Definitely going to check out from this author Now to make it in the arts publicize your private parts Critics say you can't offend 'emwith your phallus or pudendumThat's the translation the original version„Tylko głupiec i kanalialekceważy genitalia bo najbardziej jest dziś modnereklamować części rodne”Do you like it? I find it hilarious in both languages and it's roughly the same WTF? You ask Well it's a slogan Lem made up for the use of this book and I think it shows a little something about this guy But don't be mistaken there isn't much about genitals in this book Lem's rather prudish and he used this limerick uatrain to point out how obsessed the modern day pop culture is with sexuality What can be done MrLem? Really?As for the rest of the book it's so whacked up and schizoid that I'm starting to think Lem must have dropped some acid before he sat down to write Most of it reuires higher brain function to process It's the damn made up terminology Shitloads of new vocab It's all clever and intuitive the way the road signs are intuitive also amusing But there's so much of it it can cause you a headache For once I'm glad I've read it in Polish let's face it I'm still way comfortable with that language To give you a taste I'll share some of the headache Before you dig in it helps to know that The Futurological Congress is a dystopian novel about so called cryptochemocracy12 VIII 2039 I finally got up the courage to ask some pedestrians where I might find a bookstore They shrugged As a pair I had accosted walked off I heard one say to the other That's a grandfather stiff for you Could it be that there is prejudice here against defrostees? Some other unfamiliar expressions I've come across threever pingle he male to widge off palacize cobnoddling synthy The newspapers advertise such products as tishets vanilli ums nurches autofrotts manual The title of a column in the city edition of the Herald I Was a Demimother Something about an eggman who was yoked on the way to the eggplant The big Webster isn't too helpful Demimother—like demigran demijohn One of two women jointly bringing a child into the world See Polyanna Polyandrew Eggman—from mailman Archaic A euplanner who delivers licensed human gametes female to the home I don't pretend to understand that This crazy dictionary also gives synonyms that are eually incomprehensible Threever—trimorph Palacize bepalacize empalacize—to castellate as on a uiz show Paladyne—a chivalric assuagement Vanillium—extract emphorium portable The worst are words which look the same but have acuired entirely different meanings Expectorant—a conception aid Pederast—artificial foot faddist Compensation—mind fusion Simulant—something that doesn't exist but pretends to Not to be confused with simulator a robot simulacrum Revivalist—a corpse such as a murder victim brought back to life See also exhumant disintermagent jack in the grave Apparently it's nothing nowadays to raise the dead And the people—just about everyone—panting Panting in the elevator in the street everywhere They appear to be in the best of health rosy cheeked cheerful sun tanned and yet they puff I don't So evidently one doesn't have to A custom or what? I asked Aileen She laughed at me—nothing of the kind Could I be imagining it?If you think it's any less confusing in original it's not So yeah this might not be best Lem book Certainly not one you should start with if you haven't read anything of him But do try him out one day He's usually not this high Now with you're permission I'm gonna go and lie down and try to cure my impending headache with a cocktail of Hedonidol Euphoril Empathan Ecstasine and Placidol That should help There's no need for LTN bombs LTN Love Thy Neighbor I love thee already and Lem too Join Ijon Tichy´s short trip to the unconventional group meeting therapy sessions called intergalactic politics The only ones coming close to Lem´s subtility and dark humor are Twain Capek and some others I am too procrastinating to remember their names excluding Clarke who was epic and philosophical but didn´t intend to reach the meta cynical level instead moving towards philosophical and even positive utopian visionsIf you like this one you will love The star Diaries by far Lem´s best and most important work because it owns and satirizes anything faith politics ideology science etc Its short stories open up so many ideas introspections speculations hypotheses and fantasy dreams by giving inspirations to expand these amazing ideas It seems as if Lem is unable to write a page without superbly dissing someone who truly deserves it constructing amazing settings allegories and deep thoughts making him an uncomparable marvel of sci if it´s most underrated and unknown geniusOf course it´s no easy walk to climb the rhetorical mountain Lem it´s a writing style without compromises to general storytelling conventions that´s what is anyway enabling these visions a normal novel couldn´t handle with such stylistic ingenuityIn contrast to The star diaries it´s a real novel that has and will inspire many authors who are dealing with conscience politics satire and sci fi themes because it has a density of action and plots that is amazing for such a short work Lem goes ironic fully automatic pun fire hopefully deactivating the filter bubble self deceit cognitive dissonance ignorance shields of as many readers as possible That´s especially important nowadays as many ideals of humanitarianism ethics and morals go missing in strengthening conservative and extreme tendencies with backlashes and stuff If people would get copies of master sarcasts instead of ideology fueled faith economic politics drivel into their hands at a young age they could grow to become the critical mind opened adults that are desperately needed to stop this lunacy Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue This outrageous and satisfying adventure of star voyager Ijon Tichy Stanislaw Lem’s galactic Gulliver is not strictly part of The Star Diaries at all for it shows us our hero Tichy in a terrestrial setting for a change in Nounas Costa Rica to be precise where he is an attendee of the Eighth World Futurological Congress This annual academic convention—which takes place in a hundred story luxury hotel divorced from the teeming country below that “boasts the highest rate of demographic growth in the world”—seeks solutions to the increasing problems of an overcrowded overpopulated civilization Lem paints a satiric picture of the academics—fecklessness self absorbed men with nothing but fantastical and improbable solution—and revels in the chaotic diversity of the conventioneers futurologist of course aging student protestors matchbook collectors and most diverting of all the professional pornographers It all seems like good harmless fun until local terrorists put something in the waterSoon Tichy and the reader embarks on a journey—both inward and outward—in which it is difficult to separate the hallucinatory from the sociological the surrealist fantasy from the satirical insight It would be unfair to give too much of the plot away but let’s just say that Lem anticipates The Matrix by at least a generation and when he does he refuses to hold anything backThis is a classic seminal science fiction novel And it's short too Everybody who cares about the genre—and our world—should read it Brilliant Brilliant brilliant brilliant Written in 1975 in Polish The Futurological Congress is easily as relevant today as then The story consists of two parts One set in a near future and then one in a distant future hypothetically 2039Part one is the most absurd satire of academia US third world relations and those trend predictors of the future Part two imagines a future that is the xtreme sports version of Brave New World And told with the most experimental linguistic acrobaticsThis book is an amazing feat really Blending absurd comedy with tragedy Experimentalism with humanism It's disjointed yet perfectly whole His take on Brave New World on steriods essentially predicted virtual reality through drugs I was astounded and amazed by it A short novel you can eat it up in just a day or two Please go buy it It was written by a mad profound genius Plus it's weird af A must read Maybe the most mind bending and pain inducing books I've ever read Also the most eye openning and refreshing The book that both made me want to die and gave me reason to live This novella is a reality bending substance a crazy roller coaster or helter skelter ride of a book concerning the further adventures of Lem's anti hero Ijon Tichy It's both philosophical and deeply funny at the same time Taking the Berkeleyan concept of the location of subjective reality within individual consciousness Lem refracts it though a prism of narcotics and takes it on a mind warping freak out At first the humour reminded me of Woody Allen very 1970s surrealist and the plot even recalled Sleeper But much of the book turned out to be timelessly amusing Have you ever stripped the paint from an ancient door? Layer after layer of different coloured paint comes away from the wood becoming faded as you scrape deeper eventually revealing the poor state of the wood underneath That's what happens with the layers of reality in this book rendering the dystopia ever grim until the comic ending Did Lem ever experiment with hallucinogens? From reading this you'd have thought so And towards the end the trip turns bad Here the layers fall away from Tichy's companion Professor Trottelreiner previously the height of academic dandyism Instead of his appliued trousers and professorial spats there were two casually crossed artificial legs And evidently he still wore glasses though one of the lenses was cracked In his neck in the opening of a tracheotomy a vocoder had been inserted carelessly enough and it bobbed up and down as he talked I didn't see a left hand; the right clutching a pencil was fashioned out of brass and green with verdigrisThere's a debt to Aldous Huxley here Lem's narcotically controlled dystopia plays variations on a theme from Brave New World and its instant happiness drug soma The product is a chemically lobotomised world Towards the end Lem covers similar ground to Huxley's Island considering the possibilities of ameliorating the aging and dying processes through the use of narcotics Not for nothing did The Doors name themselves after Huxley's work of proto psychedelia The Doors of Perception It's possible to read The Futurological Congress as an allegory for a number of different phenomena The false perceptions described might be read as a metaphor for what Richard Dawkins calls the God delusion Or they might represent the folly of consumerist materialism Or maybe it's all just an excuse for some good jokes and a consideration of the nature of perception and reality Oh and let's not forget the Malthusian aspect in Lem's alternative world the human population has reached 95 billion While the Rev Malthus might have got his exponential predictions wrong there's no doubt that the size of the human population is having a pretty disastrous impact on the planet So Lem is engaging with a pressing issue for humanity that is only getting worse When this book was published in 1974 the population stood at just over four billion Now it's closer to eight The writing is out of the top drawer The inventiveness of the pharmaceutical proprietary names is a wonder to behold much credit is also due to Michael Kandel as translator Here in a representative passage Professor Trottelreiner enthuses about potential futures for mankind If prostheticism is voted in I assure you in a couple of years everyone will consider the possession of a soft hairy sweating body to be shameful and indecent A body needs washing deodorizing caring for and even then it breaks down while in a prostheticized society you can snap on the loveliest creations of modern engineering What woman doesn't wish to have silver iodide instead of eyes telescopic breasts angel's wings iridescent legs and feet that sing with every step? This entertaining and uick read is a million miles away from Tarkovsky's gloomy adaptation of Lem's Solaris though both works share a sense of the surreal I haven't yet read the novel Perhaps that should be my next appointment with Mr Lem