By Stanis?aw Lem
Bringing his dual presents of clinical hypothesis and scathing satire to endure on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unfortunate cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the 8th Futurological Congress. stuck up in neighborhood revolution, Tichy is shot and so severely wounded that he's flashfrozen to look ahead to a destiny medication. Translated by means of Michael Kandel.
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In the King's Dining Room. Our table is preassigned. I hate to eat with strangers. The light from the chandelier is very bright. Judy wears big, black sunglasses. That cover her whole face. For the whole meal. No one says a word. We're used to big, black sunglasses. Jackie Kennedy wore them in public for years after Jack was killed. The first thing we do as a family on board the Queen Victoria is to take a guided-by-Marvin tour of the exact location of the lifeboats. By the time we are two years old, all the Felman girls can swim the crawl alone in the deep end of the Jewish Community Center pool.
To assuage our difficult situation, I think. A bracelet that I admire from the moment my father gives it to her. Only by the time she gives it to me, she's really sick and is barely talking at all to anyone. Moaning, she has the nurse unclasp the bracelet from her swollen wrist. Then with her fist, she shoves it over to me across the kitchen table. No one in the family knows that she gives me her solid gold diamond bracelet. Each link is a tiny little heart. All the hearts are connected to each other.
I dream that Edith and I are together. Just the two of us. We are in the middle of a very deep conversation about the meaning of life. Judaism. And what it means to be female in the twentieth century. Edith says I'm too serious. I spread out, enjoying the whole table. And my mother. The entire coffee shop belongs to us. Temporarily. Earlier in the morning, the maître d' orders crêpes suzette for Edith and apple blintzes with sour cream for Marvin. The maitre d' at the Fontainebleau understands the Felmans.