By Stanislaw Lem
Ijon Tichy is the single human who is aware evidently no matter if the self-programming robots at the moon are plotting a terrestrial invasion. yet a hugely centred ray severs his corpus collosum. Now his left mind can’t bear in mind the key and his uncooperative correct mind won’t inform. Tichy struggles for keep watch over of the misplaced reminiscence and of his personal warring aspects. Translated via Elinor Ford with Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff publication
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Ijon Tichy is the one human who is aware needless to say no matter if the self-programming robots at the moon are plotting a terrestrial invasion. yet a hugely centred ray severs his corpus collosum. Now his left mind can’t take into account the key and his uncooperative correct mind won’t inform. Tichy struggles for regulate of the misplaced reminiscence and of his personal warring facets.
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I stumbled in there by mistake. I’d accomplished my mission, had outsmarted those unliving creatures, and was on my way back to the LEM when I had to urinate. There are no urinals on the moon. They wouldn’t work anyway in a vacuum. You have a little container in your suit, just like Armstrong and Aldrin, so you can relieve yourself anytime, anywhere, but somehow I couldn’t, not there in the full sun in the middle of the Sea of Serenity. Not far from me was a solitary boulder. I went over to its shadow.
I. Title. 8'537—dc20 91-47970 Designed by Lydia D’moch Printed in the United States of America First edition A B C D E Contents Doubled Briefing In Hiding The Lunar Agency The Mission Round Two Carnage Invisible Visits Contact Da Capo Doubled I don’t know what to do. If I could say “I’m miserable,” it wouldn’t be so bad. I can’t say “We’re miserable” either because I can only partly speak for myself even though I’m still Ijon Tichy. I used to talk to myself while I shaved but I had to stop because of my left eye’s lewd winking.
None of the probes returned. Not a peep from them by radio. Specially armored landers were sent, with television cameras. The observation satellite showed that they indeed landed, and exactly on target, in the Mare Imbrium, in the Mare Frigoris, in the Mare Nectaris, and in the no man’s land between the sectors. But not one of them sent back a picture. As if the ground of the moon had swallowed them. Understandably, this caused panic. A state of emergency. The papers urged that the moon be preemptively bombed with hydrogen bombs just to play it safe.