The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem was a fun read. A short story, chock-full with humor, fast-pased action, weird hallucinations, odd twists and an interesting utopia-turned-out-to-be-dystopia. The dystopia in itself is like many others in the genre (Brave New World-like, just a little worse), but it's hard to find such a great combination of tropes in such a short novel. Can highly recommend.

@ayo oh it's a fab book. It's just keeps getting weirder and weirder, until nothing is real any longer. Then after enough "up'n'at'em' He sees the world as it is.

Reminds me a bit of "Lies inc."

@kat I had glanced from the reviews that this was Lem writing a PKD-like novel, but it wasn't similar to the Dick's novels that I've read so far. That one goes to my wishlist!

@ayo I don't think the story is similar, but the hallucinogenic layering of reality is the bit that it reminds me of.

I recently got a copy Futurological Congress again, so plan on rereading it soon!


Yes Lem is a great writer and had a great translator to English in Michael Kandel.

I could consider "The Futurological Congress" as one of the first cyberpunk novels, from 1971.

"The Shockwave Rider" by Brunner, often accorded that status, is from 1975.

Although one could argue for Cordwainer Smith's "The Dead Lady of Clown Town" from 1964.

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