His Master's Voice by Stanislaw Lem
Science fiction was created mostly by bright-eyed optimists intoxicated with the potential of technological progress. A grand new universe was, it seemed, only a hyper-drive leap away. Yet many of the most memorable writers in the field adopted a pessimistic tone. The dystopian visions of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley drew on the potential of the sci-…
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