I’m not even a third of the way through Lem’s The Cyberiad, but i’m struck with how it reminds me of mythology, with a pair of trickster-heroes inventing and lying their way through reality. It’s not a collection of Just-So stories, but the deep connection to something very ancient in human storytelling is powerful.
There hasn’t been a book that i’ve read in months that i have not loved (aside from The Historian. Fuck that book,) but it’s more fun reading The Cyberiad than i could have imagined. Lem’s a name tossed about by literati and elite geeks for decades, but only now i’m catching on to the fact that Douglas Adams is regularly dismissed by fans of Lem’s The Cyberiad, being a pale imitation, or lesser cousin via convergent evolution at best. Poor Adams… i don’t doubt for a moment now that he read Lem’s work or lifted elements from it, but he also came from a tradition of British humor that Lem borrowed little or nothing from. The peculiar folk-myth quality of Lem’s Cyberiad is nothing Adams used.
It doesn’t seem unlikely for Trurl and Klapaucius to be renamed as Coyote and Crow.
Off to read more, but this is among my favorite books read in quite a few years, just for pure entertainment.