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Besides his identity as a pioneer of space exploration and an established travel writer, Ijon Tichy is an amateur scholar who moves in scientific circles both on Earth and around the Galaxy, and, if the need arises, an ambassador of humankind on the parquet of galactic diplomacy (he has even been known to serve his home planet as a secret agent in undercover missions); he is a noble soul wishing to go where no man has gone before, to push the limits of humanity’s horizon and bring the cosmos together in peace, as a brotherhood of all sapient civilizations.

That, or a charlatan and liar, who makes a living off bamboozling gullible Earth-lubbers with astronautical folklore and hair-raising tall tales too absurd to be believed by anyone with so much as a grain of common sense. Take your pick.

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Besides his identity as a pioneer of space exploration and an established travel writer, Ijon Tichy is an amateur scholar who moves in scientific circles both on Earth and around the Galaxy, and, if the need arises, an ambassador of humankind on the parquet of galactic diplomacy (he has even been known to serve his home planet as a secret agent in undercover missions); he is a noble soul wishing to go where no man has gone before, to push the limits of humanity’s horizon and bring the cosmos together in peace, as a brotherhood of all sapient civilizations.

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...that,
or a charlatan and liar, who makes a living off bamboozling gullible Earth-lubbers with astronautical folklore and hair-raising tall tales too absurd to be believed by anyone with so much as a grain of common sense. Take your pick.


* TimePolice: In the Twentieth Voyage, there is a "Chronicle Squad" with the task to hunt down corrupt and criminal time travellers.

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* TimePolice: In the The Twentieth Voyage, Voyage reveals that in the 27th century there is will be a "Chronicle Squad" "tempolice force" with the task to hunt down corrupt and criminal time travellers.


--> [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "You dog!" I cried. "Tricking your own self - that's really low!"]]

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--> [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "You dog!" I cried. "Tricking your own self - that's really low!"]]


* HumansAreCthulhu: In the Eighth Voyage, Tichy represents Earth to petition for its admission to the United Planets. The members, who are highly advanced creatures are utterly disgusted and outraged by humans. In the end, it turns out that life on Earth was actually created by two crew members of an alien spaceship as some kind of sick joke.

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* HumansAreCthulhu: In the Eighth Voyage, Tichy represents Earth to petition for its admission to the United Planets. The members, who are highly advanced creatures are utterly disgusted and outraged by humans. In the end, it turns out that life on Earth was actually created by two crew members of an alien spaceship as some kind of sick joke. [[spoiler:Luckily it turns out to be AllJustADream.]]

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* CausedTheBigBang: There's an episode where scientists are trying to send into the past a particle which will become the Big Bang (they are also trying to imbue it with the properties to create a better universe... doesn't really work out).


'''''The Star Diaries''''' (''Dzienniki gwiazdowe'') by Creator/StanislawLem, often published together with their sequel ''Memoirs of a Space Traveller'', are supposedly the journals and travelogues of Ijon Tichy, a famous space traveller, recording his remarkable adventures exploring the cosmos.

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'''''The ''The Star Diaries''''' Diaries'' (''Dzienniki gwiazdowe'') by Creator/StanislawLem, often published together with their sequel ''Memoirs of a Space Traveller'', are supposedly the journals and travelogues of Ijon Tichy, a famous space traveller, recording his remarkable adventures exploring the cosmos.


* InsideAComputerSystem: An interesting example in the first story: instead of people being trapped in a virtual reality, it's cybernetic brains created by a scientist. These are all hooked up to a large computer, which is creating their reality around them. Every brain is a different person: a beautiful girl, a scientist... and a madman, who thinks that paranormal stuff like prophecies or telepathy are the result of an error in the illusion that is his reality.



* InsideAComputerSystem: An interesting example in the first story: instead of people being trapped in a virtual reality, it's cybernetic brains created by a scientist. These are all hooked up to a large computer, which is creating their reality around them. Every brain is a different person: a beautiful girl, a scientist... and a madman, who thinks that paranormal stuff like prophecies or telepathy are the result of an error in the illusion that is his reality.


''The Star Diaries'' were loosly adapted during the late Noughties into a German live action TV show called ''Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot''. The show, a wacky sitcom, [[StylisticSuck invoked a intentionally trashy look]] with bizarre costumes and consciously corny special effects, and gave Ijon Tichy a [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent thick fake slavic accent]].

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''The Star Diaries'' were loosly loosely adapted during the late Noughties into a German live action TV show called ''Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot''. The show, a wacky sitcom, [[StylisticSuck invoked a intentionally trashy look]] with bizarre costumes and consciously corny special effects, and gave Ijon Tichy a [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent thick fake slavic accent]].


''The Star Diaries'' were loosly adapted during the late Noughties into a German live action TV show called ''Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot''. The show invoked a intentionally trashy look with bizarre costumes and consciously corny special effects, and gave Ijon Tichy a [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent thick fake slavic accent]].

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''The Star Diaries'' were loosly adapted during the late Noughties into a German live action TV show called ''Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot''. The show show, a wacky sitcom, [[StylisticSuck invoked a intentionally trashy look look]] with bizarre costumes and consciously corny special effects, and gave Ijon Tichy a [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent thick fake slavic accent]].


* Veganopia: The advanced aliens in the Eighth Voyage do not eat other creatures, and are disgusted by humans for not only eating meat but doing so proudly.

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* Veganopia: {{Veganopia}}: The advanced aliens in the Eighth Voyage do not eat other creatures, and are disgusted by humans for not only eating meat but doing so proudly.



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* Veganopia: The advanced aliens in the Eighth Voyage do not eat other creatures, and are disgusted by humans for not only eating meat but doing so proudly.



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[[caption-width-right:300:Another beautiful day in space.]]
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-->''the affair with the milkman and the two mailmen, who doubtless would have gone insane anyway because of hereditary predisposition; the more as the skeletons were on wheels and the pit's depth was no more than two and a half meters.''

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-->''the affair with the milkman and the two mailmen, who doubtless would have gone insane anyway because of hereditary predisposition; the more as the skeletons were on wheels bicycles and the pit's depth was no more than two and a half meters.''

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