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Monday, March 06, 2006

Book of the Week: Stanislaw Lem

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Keywords: science fiction

"Stanislaw Lem (born September 12, 1921, Lviv) is a Polish science fiction, philosophical, and satirical writer. His books have been translated into 40 languages and sold over 27 million copies. At one point he was the most widely read science fiction author in the world. Lem's writing is full of intelligent humor, puns, and neologisms, and Michael Kandel's translations into English have been praised by many for capturing Lem's style."

"One of Lem's primary themes was the impossibility of communication between humans and profoundly alien civilizations. He also wrote about human technological progress and the problem of human existence in a world where technology development makes biological human impulses obsolete or dangerous. In many novels, humans become an irrational and emotional liability to their machine partners, who are not perfect either. His alien societies are often incomprehensible to the human mind including swarms of mechanical flies (in The Invincible) and a large Plasma Ocean (in Solaris). Issues of technological utopias appeared in Peace on Earth, in Observation on the Spot, and, to a lesser extent, in The Cyberiad. He also sometimes deploys a wicked sense of humor in his descriptions of even the darkest human situations--most famously in The Futurological Congress and Memoirs Found in a Bathtub. In this regard, he has sometimes been compared to Kurt Vonnegut."
Source: Wikipedia

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