Mortal Engines

by Stanislaw Lem
Release date: 1961
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, short stories
Tags: translation

Original title: Bajki robotów.

'A virtuoso storyteller... a Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age' The New York Times

'He was a robot-hypochondriac. On his squeaking cart he carried a complete set of spare parts.'

A freighter pilot leads a manhunt across the Moon for a robot gone berserk; a shapeshifting assassin falls in love with the man she's programmed to kill; a paranoid King converts his kingdom into his artificial mind, but his dreams rebel. These stories range from surreal fables that satirically turn the fairy tale on its head, to longer works including the man vs. robot thriller, 'The Hunt', and possibly fiction's strangest love story, 'The Mask'. InMortal Engines Stanislaw Lem lays bare humanity's clash with machines, masterfully exploring science fiction's furthest frontiers.

(updated 2018-05-22)

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