Summary

The planet Quinta is pocked by ugly mounds and covered by a spiderweb-like network. It is a kingdom of phantoms and of a beauty afflicted by madness. In stark contrast, the crew of the spaceship Hermes represents a knowledge-seeking Earth. As they approach Quinta, a dark poetry takes over and leads them into a nightmare of misunderstanding.
©1988 Stanislaw Lem (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Old Hippy on 02-01-10

Not standard Sci-Fi fare ...

It's OK. There were certainly passages that made me stop and think, especially concerning the paths civilizations may take when it comes to war, self-destruction and so on. Lem must be brilliant but Fiasco seems to be mostly comprised of long expositions on these subjects and the story itself moves very slowly. And I really couldn't understand the ending at all. It just sort of fell off the cliff. All in all, it was worth it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 22-07-11

Instruction Manual

If you like reading instruction manuals or how to books, then you may love this book. I got a little over half way and had to give it up. Most the time my mind would wonder, no matter how hard I tried to concentrate and figure out what the story was. It is also very heavy in physics. Lots and lots of discussion. If you want to read hard sci fi and catch the wonder of space, read Arthur C. Clarke.

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