- Funny Moment: Almost the entirety of "Pirx's Tale". The mission consists of hauling junk for a ludicrously frugal company, the hired crew is a ragtag bunch of misfits: most of them get stricken down with mumps for the entirety of the story, the radio operator is a passive-aggressive, alcoholic Mexican, and the engineer, quite a decent guy, really... is a highway engineer who signed up by mistake. The ship is in better shape than the cargo, but not by much. Pirx, completely exhausted, resigns himself to reading sci-fi pulp novels in his bunk, hunting the radio operator's booze stashes, and snarking about it all.
"Every takeoff and landing took place in infringement of all laws - not only those of physics."
- Hilarious in Hindsight: For the readers. Albatross was written in 1959. It begins with Pirx sitting on a deck of an enormous, luxurious (space)ship called the Titan which is uncrashable, musing on the ridicules of high society and admiring a beautiful lady who's traveling first-class. Sounds familiar? The plot shifts to entirely different things in a few pages, though… And the Titan DOESN'T crash.