Book Review: Peace on Earth by Stanisław Lem (Four Stars)


Book Review: Peace on Earth (Ijon Tchy #4) by Stanisław Lem

(Four Stars)

“Sadistics: the algebra of conflicts that end fatally for all parties.”

Wish I read this fifty years ago. A cynical, naive but hopeful inquiry into how to end the arms race. Well written with a folded timeline which will leave the inattentive reader confused. Good understanding that man’s most basic urge in any situation is to cheat. Stand alone story.

“Politicians continued business as usual, more concerned about voters than the future.”

Extra star because this story reads so well fifty years after written. Lem nailed nano-technology though he wrote at a time when the first integrated circuits were huge and slow. Correctly posited Continue reading