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These fourteen science fiction stories reveal Lem’s fascination with artificial intelligence and demonstrate just how surprisingly human sentient machines can be. Written in the form of grotesque folk fairy tales, these stories about robot kings, robot dragons, and robot scientists are brought to life by Scott Aiello.

©1977 The Seabury Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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who can listen too this?

If this is a children's book they won't understand it, and if it is an adult book they will find it childish and very disappointing. A real struggle to get through due to the wandreing storytelling. Never used the rewind so many times to understand the plot line...

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  • 12-15-13

Interesting but flawed

This is a series of short stories told in the manner of Aesop's fables or robot fairy tales. The theme running through the stories is of a maker and his robot creations. The stories are varied - one is a creation story based on two robots competing to create thinking machines, while another tells the tale of robot castaway and his hatred for his logical companion.
The stories are entertaining and worthy of extra thought after the tale is finished, however, after reading reviews I expected an additional dimension in the quality of writing. I read about amazing puns and beautiful poetry carrying through the translation to other languages. This I found to be missing in this translation, so, given my time again, I would read a different version.

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  • Mr. M. C. F.
  • 04-13-15

short stories...

some of the short stories are not very good, some are OK and the last one which I nearly gave up on turned __really__ good.

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