Books: Time Warps

MEMOIRS OF A SPACE TRAVELER by Stanislaw Lem

Translated by Joel Stern and Maria Swiecicka-Ziemianek Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 153 pages; $9.95

These nine stories were left out of The Star Diaries (1976), an English translation of a 1971 Polish collection by Author Stanislaw Lem. The fact that this new book has thus tumbled out of a time warp seems entirely appropriate to its contents. More so, in fact, than the rather misleading title. Lem is not concerned here with rockets or star treks; only two stories take Ijon Tichy, the peripatetic hero and...

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