A Stanislaw Lem Reader

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Northwestern University Press, Nov 12, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 129 pages
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This collection assembles in-depth and insightful writings by and about, and interviews with, one of the most fascinating writers of the twentieth century. Anyone interested in Lem's provocative and uncompromising view of literature's role in the contemporary cultural environment, and in Lem's opinions about his own fiction, about the relation of literature to science and technology, and the dead ends of contemporary culture, will be fascinated by this eclectic collection.
 

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Contents

A Stranger in a Strange Land
1
Reflections on Literature Philosophy and Science
21
Thirty Years Later
67
Lem in a Nutshell Written Interview with Stanislaw
93
Bibliography
119
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Page 119 - Iskry, 1961. Memoirs Found in a Bathtub. Trans Michael Kandel and Christine Rose. New York: Avon, 1976(1961).
Page 121 - Rottensteiner. In Science Fiction. The Other Side of Realism, ed. Thomas Clareson. Bowling Green, Ohio: Popular, 1971. "Letter." Science Fiction Commentary 26 (1972): 28-30, 89-90. "Letter." Science Fiction Commentary 29 (1972): 10-12. "Culture and Futurology" Polish Perspectives 16 (1973): 30-38. "On the Structural Analysis of Science Fiction
Page 120 - Microworlds: Writings on Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ed. Franz Rottensteiner. San Diego: Harcourt, 1984.
Page 121 - In Science Fiction: The Other Side of Realism. Ed. Thomas Clareson. Bowling Green: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1971. 29-52. Lem, Stanislaw. A Perfect Vacuum. Trans. Michael Kandel. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983. . Chain of Chance. Trans. Louise Iribane. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984. . "Chance and Order.

About the author (1997)

Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem was born on September 12, 1921. A medical graduate of Cracow University, he is at home both in the sciences and in philosophy, and this broad erudition gives his writings genuine depth. He has published extensively, not only fiction, but also theoretical studies. His books have been translated into 41 languages and sold over 27 million copies. He gained international acclaim for The Cyberiad, a series of short stories, which was first published in 1974. A trend toward increasingly serious philosophical speculation is found in his later works, such as Solaris (1961), which was made into a Soviet film by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and remade by Steven Soderbergh in 2002. He died on March 27, 2006 in Krakow at the age of 84.

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