MORE TALES OF PIRX THE PILOT by Louis Iribarne

MORE TALES OF PIRX THE PILOT

KIRKUS REVIEW

Five more tales featuring Pirx--a bumbling rookie in the original Tales (1979), now a seasoned and level-headed (but coolly cerebral) space jockey. The first three pieces are short, ironic, and somewhat thin on ideas: Pirx fails to intercept a drifting alien hulk thanks to a shipboard comedy of errors; he searches for a robot that has inexplicably cut loose to go mountain climbing; and he survives a close encounter with a berserk mining robot. The two long yarns, unfortunately, are not so much fiction as rather pedantic reflections on the nature of artificial intelligence: a choppy and overinvolved Turing test, in which Pirx must identify (and foil the murderous plans of) the robot among his crew as they fly through the rings of Saturn; and a talky, motionless analysis of why an intelligent computer aboard an experimental ship went neurotically haywire and crashed on Mars. A ruminative, often discursive bunch, wanting in urgency and drama--without the mature idea-wrestling of last year's Memoirs of a Space Traveler.
Pub Date: Sept. 17th, 1982
ISBN: 0156621436
Page count: 228pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1982




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