Contents Title Page Contents Copyright How the World Was Saved Trurl’s Machine A Good Shellacking THE SEVEN SALLIES OF TRURL AND KLAPAUCIUS The First Sally or the Trap of Gargantius The First Sally (A) or Trurl’s Electronic Bard The Second Sally or the Offer of King Krool The Third Sally or the Dragons of Probability The Fourth Sally, or How Trurl Built a Femfatalatron to Save Prince.
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HOW THE WORLD WAS SAVED One day Trurl the constructor put together a machine that could create anything starting with n. When it was ready, he tried it out, ordering it to make needles, then nankeens and negligees, which it did, then nail the lot to narghiles filled with nepenthe and numerous other narcotics. The machine carried out his instructions to the letter.
TRURL’S MACHINE Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint; trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself, he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
THE FIRST SALLY OR THE TRAP OF GARGANTIUS When the Universe was not so out of whack as it is today, and all the stars were lined up in their proper places, so you could easily count them from left to right, or top to bottom, and the larger and bluer ones were set apart, and the smaller, yellowing types pushed off to the corners as bodies of a lower grade, when there was not a speck of dust to be found in outer space, nor any nebular debris—in those good old days it was the custom for constructors, once they had received their Diploma of Perpetual Omnipotence with distinction, to sally forth ofttimes and bring to distant lands the benefit of their expertise. And so it happened that, in.
THE FIRST SALLY (A) OR TRURL’S ELECTRONIC BARD First of all, to avoid any possible misunderstanding, we should state that this was, strictly speaking, a sally to nowhere. In fact, Trurl never left his house throughout it-except for a few trips to the hospital and an unimportant excursion to some asteroid. Yet in a deeper and/or higher sense this was one of the farthest sallies ever undertaken by the famed constructor, for it very nearly took him beyond the realm of possibility.
THE SECOND SALLY OR THE OFFER OF KING KROOL The tremendous success of their application of the Gargantius Effect gave both constructors such an appetite for adventure, that they resolved to sally forth once again to parts unknown.