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These stories are utterly imaginative and creative to the point it becomes unbelievable someone spun this stories starting from just a few scientific boring lines. Where do we come from? But these stories will make you think, make you feel in awe of this world, put a smile on your face and before you know it, you are ready to put yet another day away.

These stories are dreamy, philosophical and funny at the same time. Retrieved 11 March Perhaps his point was to loosen the tie of dogmatic scientism. With so much richness in the stories and every story being completely different, it becomes hard to absorb the stories. I’m finding that I may not really be conveying just how enjoyable these semi-abstract stories — personal interactions playing out on a cosmic scale — really are. Cosmicomics has an interesting structure where each story is prefaced with a scientific hypothesis.

My second try at reading Calvino and I definitely liked this one more than Invisible Cities. It’s a love story with a very complicated relationship of an alien with another alien, it’s a love story with time, physics, genetics, and all sorts of real math. Si tratta de La spiralesignificativamente posta a chiusura della raccolta. Aug 30, Christopher rated it really liked it. The universe is a scientific place and science is unyielding. How does physics translate to our human experience, and how does our human experience affect our translation of physics?


But that’s not a small thing! Any one and their mom can write some poetically-tinged block of prose and send it on its way, but it takes a little something extra to create a literary world, living and breathing with the perfect amount of detail it needs, complete unto itself, full of imaginative wonder.

Calvino prefaces his stories with a fact or hypothesis about the universe, then he moves on to get inside these vast abstractions, with his trademark qualities that Twelve dazzling stories from Calvino, where his ambition here was to create a ludic fiction that could reflect complex advances in science without losing his playful nature and sense of magic and lightness.

I know now not to wait too long – Calvino’s stories have the tendency to sink deeper, to become more intriguing and Cosmicomics Trying to describe such a diverse and entertaining mix, in which he wrestles with chaos and order, the profound and the absurd, is enough to send ones head spinning full of stars.

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

So, what is cosmicomics? When I look at space from the safety and confines of our Earth I always look at that vast illumined expanse with more wonder than knowledge.

This little book is a precious gem, each facet sparkling with suprise and wonder. The the tides gradually pushed her far away: However thin the book might be.

The effects weren’t always catastrophic but they did leave lasting marks on the nascent universe. Calvino masterfully played with real scientific facts and made them relatable by poking fun at mankind. Retrieved from ” https: To consider that the universe as we know it what we know of it, anyway was crafted neither by a happy, scientifically explained accident nor the whim of just but avuncular deities, but rather some ordinary guy’s selfish motives and a need to leave a cosmic “I wuz here” smear of existential proof is a perspective shift worth mulling over.


Embarrassed to find that actions he’d hoped had be Calvino at his most Borgesian, perhaps, playfully mythic yet distilling broad complex theory on ittalo and life from simple here, astronomical concepts run to distant, unforeseen cavino. Especially at night, when you look up and all you can see are darkness and some small blinking tired stars? Weaver’s translations of Calvino most excellent in terms of readability.

Science fiction short stories.

The entire collection is a conjunction of fantasy, science, magical realism and realist emotions. We had her on top of us at that time, that enormous Moon: By applying human characteristic to even the most absurd of things—subatomic calvuno and the original point of matter from which the big bang sprung—he exposes it this “humanizing” for the absurdity it is.

For one, each story begins with an italicized blurb that reads like something out of a science text book. The prediction is in regards to the origin and formation of the moon.

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View all 7 comments. In a way, the stories are profoundly human in their way of touching upon love – an unexplainable phenomenon given the settings. Perhaps caovino to point out that even hard science requires a narrative to have significant explanatory power.

Nobody knew then that there could be space. Jun 09, K. How appropriate, to give this b Cosmicomichr is just what it says it is, a series of short comedies about the cosmos.

The Aquatic Uncle and The Spiral do deserve a special mention for being so lovely.