The Seventh Voyage: Star Diaries (Hardcover)
Stanisław Lem, the Polish science fiction writing genius, gave us a short story par excellence with The Seventh Voyage. It’s one of many adventures of his indefatigable comedic protagonist Ijon Tichy. In this instance the innocent Ijon is merely cruising in his space ship when he gets caught in a time loop. As a result, past and future Ijons begin showing up inside the ship and hilarious mayhem ensues as they attempt to extricate themselves from the loop. Not all of the Ijons work well together and the potential frustrations of arguing with oneself are hysterically exploited. An enormous added bonus is that the Caldecott winning illustrator Jon Muth has turned the text into a graphic novel! His playful pictures perfectly complement the text and have made a unique masterpiece into a double masterpiece.
An NPR Best Book of the Year
"... J Muth's hilarious and gentle masterpiece." -- Neil Gaiman
Alone in his broken spaceship-with no one there to help him-he could remain trappedin space indefinitely!
But soon something strange begins to happen: Tichy's past and future selves appear. And rather than helping one another, they bicker and fight as they crowd into the tiny vessel.Will Tichy stop fighting with himself long enough to save his own life?
This sharply comical story by world-renowned science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lemhas been adapted into a brilliant graphic novel by Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award-winning artist Jon J Muth.
About the Author
Jon J Muth, renowned in the world of graphic novels, won an Eisner Award for his paintings in the graphic novel, The Mystery Play by Grant Morrison. He’s partnered with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman: The Wake, Walter and Louise Simonson on Havoc & Wolverine: Meltdown, and J. M. DeMatteis on Moonshadow and Silver Surfer. His enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and four companion books featuring Stillwater the Panda. His book The Three Questions, based on a short story by Tolstoy, was called "quietly life-changing" by the New York Times Book Review. And the Horn Book called Jon's Stone Soup "delicious and satisfying." His exquisitely beautiful books have been translated into more than 15 languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Jon lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.
An NPR Best Book of the Year
"An extremely funny, beautifully paced story of timey-wimey disaster and attempted rescue-and the perils of interaction with that most terrible of people-yourself. J Muth's hilarious and gentle masterpiece." -- Neil Gaiman
"Delicately washed panel artwork by Caldecott Honoree Muth (Zen Shorts) underscores the hilarity of late Polish author Lem's short story... Kandel's translation and Muth's art imbue the original with a crystalline, humorous clarity and delight." -- Publishers Weekly
"A colorful introduction to a brilliant science fiction author--Lem's visions of the future and Muth's art are a perfect match." -- School Library Journal
"Muth's atmospheric watercolor artwork gives an astounding sense of space. Vast expanses of darkness dotted with pale stars are the backdrops for Tichy's retro, tin-can-like spaceship, and Tichy himself, rendered in aqueous watercolors, has a charmingly limber look, which becomes increasingly comical as more and more Tichys appear at various ages. While this is a bit more sophisticated than the usual middle-grade graphic novel, space-mad kids who love arguing about the paradoxes of time travel will likely be wholly on board." -- Booklist
"Master artist Jon Muth makes this small story a place you can stay a while." -- NPR.org