Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1971. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's illustrated paper wraps, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of Polish sci-fi writer Lem’s collection of five satirical, dystopian stories: "Kongres futurologiczny" ("The Futurological Congress"), "Non Serviam" (later published in the collection A Future Vacuum), "Ananke" (also in Tales of Pirx the Pilot), "Przek adaniec" ("Layer Cake," a screenplay for the 1968 science fiction comedy by filmmaker Andrzej Wajda), and "Kobyszcz " (appearing later in The Cyberiad). Lem wrote countless sci-fi classics, most famously Solaris, later adapted into a film by Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (1972), and, more recently, one by Steven Soderbergh (2002). The collection – featuring a conference on the world’s overpopulation crisis set at the Hilton Costa Rica, plus psychoactive drugs in the drinking water, riots, and body-brain transplants – is emblematic of Lem's oeuvre: serious, strange, and sardonic. Wraps and dust jacket illustrated in Max Ernst-like surrealist style by Polish stage designer and artist Daniel Mróz. Errata slip laid in. Minor creasing to spine; light restoration to spine-ends, joints, and flap folds of scarce dust jacket. A nice copy of a scarce, fragile production. Item #781