The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem

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Peter Swirski
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 197 pages
The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, whose works include Return from the Stars, The Cyberiad, A Perfect Vacuum, and Solaris, has been hailed as a ""literary Einstein"" and a science-fiction Bach. The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem provides an inter-disciplinary analysis of his influence on Western culture and the creative partnering of art and science in his fiction and futorology by American and European scholars who have defined Lem scholarship.
 

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Contents

1 Smart Robots
13
Stanislaw Lems The Mask
22
3 Betrization Is the Worst Solution with the Exception of All Others
47
4 A Freudian Peek at Lems Fiasco
72
5 Summa technologiae Looking Back and Ahead
81
6 Models of Evolution in the Writings of Stanislaw Lem
104
On Lems Epistemological Themes
117
8 Lem Central Europe and the Genre of Technological Empire
130
9 Lem on Film
153
10 Solaris Solaris Solaris?
172
A Brief Chronological Biography
181
Bibliography
183
About the Authors
195
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Peter Swirski is Professor of American literature and culture at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Honorary Professor of American Studies at Jinan University, China, and member of the Executive Council of the International American Studies Association (IASA).

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