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Stanisław Lem (1921–2006)

Author of Solaris

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About the Author

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 show more 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. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Stanisław Lem

Solaris (1961) — Author — 6,598 copies
The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965) — Author — 2,649 copies
The Futurological Congress (1974) — Author — 1,845 copies
The Star Diaries (1957) — Author — 1,357 copies
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub (1961) — Author — 1,040 copies
His Master's Voice (1968) 999 copies
Tales of Pirx the Pilot (1965) 973 copies
The Invincible (1964) — Author — 941 copies
Return From The Stars (1968) — Author — 901 copies
Fiasco (1987) 863 copies
Mortal Engines (1977) 811 copies
Eden (1959) — Author — 693 copies
А Perfect Vacuum (1971) — Author — 648 copies
The Chain of Chance (1975) — Author — 644 copies
The Investigation (1959) — Author — 615 copies
Peace on Earth (1986) 549 copies
Imaginary Magnitude (1973) 478 copies
More Tales Of Pirx The Pilot (Harvest Book) (1972) — Author — 396 copies
Hospital Of The Transfiguration (1948) — Author — 346 copies
One Human Minute (1986) — Author — 309 copies
Microworlds (1970) 276 copies
Summa technologiae (1964) 249 copies
Highcastle: A Remembrance (1966) 205 copies
Die Astronauten (1951) — Author — 188 copies
Solaris [2002 film] (2000) — Author — 186 copies
Golem XIV (1981) 174 copies
Wizja lokalna (1982) 107 copies
The Three Electroknights (2018) 89 copies
The Truth and Other Stories (2021) 78 copies
Nacht und Schimmel (1969) — Author — 71 copies
The Magellan Nebula (1955) 68 copies
The Mask (1976) 64 copies
Dialogi (1957) 63 copies
Provocación (1980) 54 copies
Das Katastrophenprinzip (1983) 45 copies
The Man from Mars (1946) 44 copies
Mondnacht. (1975) 42 copies
Stanislaw Lem Reader (1997) — Contributor — 38 copies
Test. Phantastische Erzählungen. (1968) — Author — 35 copies
Die Ratte im Labyrinth. (1982) 30 copies
Solaris ; Eeden : [romaanid] (1989) — Author — 29 copies
Über Stanislaw Lem. (1981) 27 copies
Okamgnienie (2000) 27 copies
Śledztwo ; Katar (1982) 26 copies
El profesor A. Donda (2012) 20 copies
Philosophie des Zufalls II (1968) 20 copies
Die Falle des Gargancjan (1973) 19 copies
Der Unbesiegbare / Die Jagd (1964) 18 copies
Vuoto assoluto (1990) 18 copies
Eden / Die Maske (1959) 17 copies
Sknocony kryminał (2009) 13 copies
Der Schnupfen / Test (1977) 11 copies
Terminus (1961) 10 copies
Listy 1956-1978 (2011) 9 copies
Invaze z Aldebaranu (1959) 9 copies
Robot (2011) 9 copies
Sex wars (2004) 9 copies
Febbre da fieno (2020) 7 copies
DiLEMmák (2005) 6 copies
Insanin Bir Dakikasi (2015) 6 copies
The Hunt [novelette] (1965) 6 copies
Solaris (2005) 6 copies
Essays (1981) 5 copies
Przekładaniec (2000) 5 copies
Bezsenność 5 copies
Moloch (2003) 5 copies
Universi (2021) 5 copies
Fantastyka i futurologia (1984) 4 copies
Der Unbesiegbare (2021) 3 copies
Dünya’da Bar?? (SL8) (2020) 3 copies
Robotite muinasjutud (2021) 3 copies
Pace in Terra (2023) 3 copies
Sorusturma - SL9 (2021) 3 copies
Y?ld?z Guncesi (SL 3) (2014) 3 copies
Siberya (2014) 3 copies
Powtórka (1979) 3 copies
Apokryfy (1998) 3 copies
Marťan (2005) 3 copies
Altruizine {short story} (1965) 2 copies
Zagadka : opowiadania (2003) 2 copies
Suplement 2 copies
Opowiadania 2 copies
Podróż siódma (2021) 2 copies
Micromondi (1992) 2 copies
A voz do dono (2023) 2 copies
Księga robotow 2 copies
Listy albo Opór materii (2002) 2 copies
The Albatross (1959) 2 copies
" Izbrannoe". 2 copies
Álmatlanság (1974) 2 copies
Høysnue (1978) 2 copies
Czas nieutracony (1965) 2 copies
On Patrol (1959) 2 copies
Wizja lokalna wyd. 2 (2020) 2 copies
Une enquête (2024) 1 copy
Provocation (1989) 1 copy
Pánov hlas 1 copy
Viajes 1 copy
Krótkie zwarcia (2004) 1 copy
A Puzzle 1 copy
Nepobjedivi 1 copy
Invaze (2010) 1 copy
Sezem 1 copy
L'indagine 1 copy
Bajke o robotima (2021) 1 copy
Nepobedivi 1 copy
Cybériade 1 copy
Transfer 1 copy
Bomba megabitowa (1999) 1 copy
any 1 copy
2004 1 copy
A máscara 1 copy
Ananke [novelette] (1971) 1 copy
Dziury w calym (1997) 1 copy
Dyktanda (2001) 1 copy
Erzählungen (1979) 1 copy
The Test [novelette] (1959) 1 copy
The Inquest [novella] (1968) 1 copy
Summa technologiae 2 (1996) 1 copy
Dialogi 1 (1996) 1 copy
Dialogi 2 (1996) 1 copy
Dylematy (2003) 1 copy

Associated Works

Ubik (1966) — Afterword, some editions — 7,642 copies
Roadside Picnic (1972) — Afterword, some editions — 3,642 copies
The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul (1981) — Contributor — 2,806 copies
The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 893 copies
The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 510 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 424 copies
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contributor — 340 copies
Solaris [1972 film] (1972) — Original book — 142 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 134 copies
Borges (2006) — Contributor — 66 copies
Antigrav (1975) — Contributor — 62 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #6: Around The World (1998) — Contributor — 47 copies
Science Fiction: A Collection of Critical Essays (1976) — Author — 37 copies
Lemistry: A Celebration of the Work of Stanislaw Lem (2011) — Contributor — 35 copies
We, Robots (2010) — Contributor — 23 copies
Phantastische Aussichten (1985) — Contributor — 17 copies
Fremde aus dem All. Lübbes Auswahlband. Science Fiction-Geschichten. (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 14 copies
First Spaceship on Venus [1959 film] (1959) — Author — 6 copies
Opowieści Niesamowite Z Języka Polskiego (2021) — Contributor — 2 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
新潮 1990年 09月号 現代SFの冒険 — Contributor — 1 copy
季刊NW-SF 1976年 08月 第12号 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Jonathan Lethem on Stanislaw Lem in SFFWorld (May 2023)
New English translation of Lem's Solaris in Science Fiction Fans (February 2013)

Reviews

A masterpiece. There.
 
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antoni4040 | 39 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
First, few words about the audiobook itself.
The technical quality is outstanding. The performance is coherent with the intellectual, somewhat pedantic voice of the scientist narrating his own memoirs, and, thanks to all gods, it comes from a pleasant, deep voice.

This said, let's talk contents.
In the last few considerations, the narrating voice muses about the mixed blessing of not being capable of total empathy. The whole novel unravels the attempts of the best minds amongst humanity to first decipher, then simply to intellectually (and physically...) survive what seems a message from an intelligent cosmic civilisation, with the narrator oscillating between the temptation of creating a mythology for himself and humanity and the awareness of the inanity of such an outcome.
Part of a series of novels centred on the impossibility of communication between alien civilisations, this book is typical Lem: apparently slow and next to plot-less, it unfolds via logical necessity from premise to result, at the same time unravelling under the weight of contradictions too complex from the human mind to wrap itself around.
This unravelling reflects in the marvelous inconsistency in the pace of the narration: from the narrator's childhood as preface fragment of a memoir, to the events leading to the Manhattan-project-like effort at translation, to the endless musings on the nature of the effort itself, to the quasi-spy-story with scientists opposing the Pentagon's war hounds, to the further musings shedding a new light on the childhood memories of the preface fragment and on its very reason for being, the novel seems to tumble down in a disordered avalanche only to gather itself in a coherent whole in the last chapter. We are left with a reflection on the advantages of being more similar to snails than we would like, since we cannot be similar enough to beings who may as well be gods.

WARNING: since one is a hopeless sloth, you may find the same review on Audible. Don't hate. Words come difficult enough for one to optimise their diffusion, once uttered. Thank you for understanding.
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Elanna76 | 16 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
A chilling, disturbing dissection of humanity's inability to escape its club-wieldind, genocidal roots, even and moreover when they think they are at the peak of their climb to God-like serene rationality.
Also, an eulogy to our bold anthropocenthrism.
Finally, buyer beware: this is not your classic, action packed sci-fi. Lem was a physics PhD, and a philosopher. Most of the book develops as a reflection, which may be puzzling when unexpected, but believe me, action and suspense are embedded in the long reflections and asides, all coming to a synthesis more and more apparent as the events slowly develop, while the reader helplessly witnesses the ethical horror unfold, endowed by those long musings with an understanding of further ethical horrors to come, yet unable to prevent them. This is sci-fi that changes your assumption on humanity. Straight to my "to be read in schools" shelf.

(This is the same review I left on Audible. Call me lazy. I am.)

EDIT: I have never, ever encountered such a quotable author as Stanisław Lem. His writing is so consequential, deep, competent, humane, and packed with memorable synthetic sentences, that one gives up the task of selection and ends up transcribing none, through sheer choicevoverload.
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Elanna76 | 19 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
Well, how can you not like a book that Joanne Froggatt is one of the narrators for? It's science fiction, so not my usual fair, but it was short, and it was imaginative.
 
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TraSea | 157 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |

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Works
374
Also by
32
Members
27,870
Popularity
#731
Rating
3.9
Reviews
494
ISBNs
1,212
Languages
32
Favorited
182

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