''The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age'' (''Cyberiada'' in the original Polish) is a series of short stories by Creator/StanislawLem, following the adventures of the "Constructors" Trurl and Klapaucius. As Constructors, they have the skills and ability to build almost anything imaginable. This doesn't stop them from getting into trouble when they try to sell their abilities, however.

In the late '80s, one of the stories was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrcaEpbMqfc adapted for public television]], with the principals changed from RidiculouslyHumanRobots to HumanAliens (but nonetheless quite well-cast.)

Not to be confused with the [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver}} Cyberman]] HiveMind, or the Creator/AndreiKonchalovsky film ''Film/{{Siberiade}}''.
!! ''Cyberiad'' contains examples of:
* FantasticAesop: The only Aesop Lem ever gives in his fables; the fact that - given that the plot usually revolves around human social, civilizational and interpersonal problems - makes those stories utterly pessimistic.
* FeudalFuture: Almost everyone is a robot, the constructors can build pretty much everything, space travel is easy. Most planets/countries are medieval-style kingdoms.
* ForScience: The reasoning behind the "creation" of dragons.
* FramingDevice: A few short stories bring together stories published earlier.
** "Tale of the Three Storytelling Machines of King Genius", which goes {{metafiction}}al several times.
** "Upbringing of Cyfranek", where Trurl and his son Cyfranek find a robot and an ArtificialHuman frozen in a comet, thaw them and listen to their stories.
* HiveMind: The true nature of the [[spoiler:Gargantius Effect]].
* HumansAreUgly: Almost all characters are robots, and they treat humans with disgust.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Almost literally how Trurl creates his lawyer - first of the two - in one of the machines' tales in "Tale of the Three Storytelling Machines of King Genius". When Lem handwaves some scientific or technological issue he does it in a grandiose manner.
* MechanicalEvolution: Leading from slime, through humans to robots, then to conscious robots, god-mode robots, and then again to slime and humans.
** There is some disagreement on the matter amongst robot academicians: "There are legends, as you know, that speak of a race of [[HumansByAnyOtherName paleface]], who concocted robotkind out of a test tube, though anyone with a grain of sense knows this to be a foul lie..." Clearly, robotic life evolved spontaneously and naturally.
* NestedStory: King Genius again.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The beings on the Highest Possible Level of Development don't try to help other civilizations, because such efforts invariably make things worse. For instance, when the grandfather of one HPLD being cured 300 hunchbacks "one hundred and twelve of them were immediately boiled in oil, their sudden and miraculous cure being taken for a sure sign that they’d sold their souls to the Devil; thirty, no longer exempt from conscription, were promptly called up and soon fell in various battles under various flags; seventeen straightway succumbed to the shock of their good fortune; and the remainder, since my esteemed grandfather saw fit to further bless them with great beauty of form, wasted away through an overindulgence in erotic activity—deprived of these pleasures for so long, you see, they now hurled themselves into every sort of debauchery, and in such a violent and unbridled fashion, that within two years not one was left among the living."
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They follow the normal dragon template, except that they're highly improbable and can be defeated by weapons that change probability, by [[spoiler:locally changing the probability of a nondragon to be higher than that of a dragon.]]. And they can appear in multiple locations at once.
* RecursiveReality: At one point a prince is trapped in this. And for added confusion, this takes place [[ShowWithinAShow within a story]].
* RecycledInSpace: Most of the times the plot is based on traditional fable motives.
* RedOniBlueOni: Trurl (red) and Klapaucius (blue).
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: All of the characters who aren't human.
* RoboFamily: Family is the fundamental unit of MechanicalEvolution. In a story not included in ''The Cyberiad'' Trurl builds himself a son Cyfranek (name derived from Polish word "digit, number").
* RobotsEnslavingRobots among other things that robots doom robots to.
* SelfDeprecation: The only reason why humans are there at all.
* ShoutOut: A LongList of dragon-related {{technobabble}} in the Third Sally includes "high-frequency binomial [[Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen fafneration]]" and "simple [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} Grendelian]] dominance".
* StarfishAliens: In one story the constructors try to create a perfect universe. They decide to make the "people" of this universe very different from themselves. [[spoiler: Then they realise they can't understand them]].
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: Klapaucius finds a race that reached the HPLD (Highest Possible Level of Development), near-omnipotent beings that do nothing all day because they realized the vanity and the pointlessness of trying to change the universe.
* TheToothHurts: "Highest Possible Level of Development" has a drug, Altruzine, that causes tele-empathy. A man with a toothache has the painful tooth ripped out by nearby people who don't want to feel his pain.
* {{Utopia}}: In one story (not translated to English), Trurl tries to create a society where everyone is constantly happy. All of his attempts fail miserably.
* VindicatedByHistory: InUniverse. Klapuacius meets an old philosopher called Chlorian Theoreticus the Proph, who was ignored in his entire life. He expects that future generations will discover his greatness - so he writes the book ''Testament for Descendants'', in which he calls them skeleton-kissers and corpse-lickers, who ignore the great thinkers of their own era.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Trurl and Klapuacius. A lot. At one point, Klapuacius tortures what may or may not be a clone of Trurl just for fun.
* WaveOfBabies: In the appropriately named "The Fourth Sally or how Trurl Built a Femfatalatron to Save Prince Pantagoon from the Pangs of Love, and how Later he Resorted to a Cannonade of Babies".
* WhatTheHellHero: Trurl has a nasty habit of building sentient machines and then taking them apart when they disappoint him. [[MoralDissonance Nobody seems to see anything wrong with it]] (even though most of the characters are machines) until near the end of the book his mentor pretty much calls him a monster.