Search Results: "Stanislaw Lem"


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A STANISLAW LEM READER by Peter Swirski
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Densely written, with something to think about in almost every paragraph, this is probably the best quick introduction to the main currents of the large body of work Lem has produced over the last half-century."
Contrary to what the title suggests, this is not so much a sampler of Lem's writings as an introduction to and overview of the Polish writer's work. Read full book review >

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SOLARIS by Stanislaw Lem
Released: Sept. 30, 1970

"It all gleams with portent."
An elegant philosophical/futuristic solar bash by a Polish writer involving haunts and terrors on a space station attached to the planet Solaris lit by two suns (red and blue) and covered by an "organic ocean." Read full book review >

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HOSPITAL OF THE TRANSFIGURATION by Stanislaw Lem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1988

"All in all, not for the fainthearted, even though Lem is not yet at full power here."
Lem's first novel, written in 1948, and suppressed in Poland—not too surprisingly, given the Eastern bloc's use of psychiatry as an instrument of the state: part autobiography, part mordant commentary, part metaphor. Read full book review >

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HIGHCASTLE by Stanislaw Lem
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A charming, effervescent memoir from a writer who consistently transcends genre."
The brilliant Polish science-fiction writer (Peace on Earth, 1994, etc.) reflects on his childhood between world wars. Read full book review >

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PEACE ON EARTH by Stanislaw Lem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"His complex, witty narratives, while often — as here — lacking visceral clout, attack the outermost limits of logic and reason."
This third appearance for imperturbable astronaut Ijon Tichy (following The Futurological Congress, 1974) extends the horrifying notions on future weapons and warfare that Lem advanced in One Human Minute (1986). Read full book review >

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THE CYBERIAD by Stanislaw Lem
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1973

"The intelligent, ironic Lem is a real find."
Trurl the constructor whose inventions tend to make life complicated for anyone in the vicinity and his cohort Klapaucius make their welcome appearance in this attractive collection by Polish SF writer Lem (translated by Michael Kandel). Read full book review >

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EDEN by Stanislaw Lem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1989

"Like Lem's most recent, the brilliant Fiasco (1987), a terrifyingly plausible picture of a world gone mad."
The inimitable Lem continues his penetrating, profound social criticism by dramatizing—in the form of an alien-contact yarn—what can go wrong with society even when ideology is absent. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1984

"In sum: guaranteed to offend and provoke."
Ten essays, 1971-83: ranging from autobiography through analyses of the underpinnings of sf to examinations of specific authors and works—delivered in thunderous yet calculated tones, and a welter of academic polysyllables. Read full book review >

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RETURN FROM THE STARS by Stanislaw Lem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 1980

"Atypical work from a master, but carried off with characteristic panache."
First published in 1961, and not much like any of Lem's recent work. Read full book review >

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MORTAL ENGINES by Stanislaw Lem
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1977

"One is grateful for every addition to the body of Leto's work available in English, but Kandel's admittedly personal selection is a good deal less coherent and convincing than his redaction of The Star Diaries."
Kandel, translator of a recent collection of Leto's Ijon Tichy stories (The Star Diaries, 1976), has now put together a slightly disjointed sampling of the Polish sf writer's robot fables. Read full book review >

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THE CHAIN OF CHANCE by Louis Iribarne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 1978

"Obviously not for most fans of the suspense genre; Lem is just playing, seriously, with the form, and the result is tightly moody in that only half-translatable continental manner, alternately witty and scary and ponderous."
As you might guess, this "novel of suspense" from Europe's favorite deep-think science-fictioner is rather light on the suspense, rather heavy on the philosophical implications. Read full book review >

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THE FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1974

"A pessimistic, mordantly funny book, well translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel."
The futurologists of the world have gathered at their Eighth World Congress at the Costa Rica Hilton to discuss the problem of overpopulation. Read full book review >