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Stanisław Lem

Polish science fiction author, philosopher and futurologist (1921-2006), studied medical doctor

Stanisław Herman Lem (Polish: [staˈɲiswaf ˈlɛm] (listen); 12 September 1921 – 27 March 2006) was a Polish writer of science fiction and essays on various subjects, including philosophy, futurology, and literary criticism. Many of his science fiction stories are of satirical and humorous character. Lem's books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold over 45 million copies. Worldwide, he is best known as the author of the 1961 novel Solaris. In 1976 Theodore Sturgeon wrote that Lem was the most widely read science fiction writer in the world. Lem's science fiction works explore philosophical themes through speculations on technology, the nature of intelligence, the impossibility of communication with and understanding of alien intelligence, despair about human limitations, and humanity's place in the universe. His essays and philosophical books cover these and many other topics. Translating his works is difficult due to Lem's elaborate neologisms and idiomatic wordplay. The Polish Parliament declared 2021 Stanisław Lem Year.
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Solaris

1961 philosophical science fiction novel by Polish writer Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem

1961

The Cyberiad

series of humorous short stories by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem
illustrator: Daniel Mróz

1965 or 1985

His Master's Voice

1968 novel by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem

1968

The Star Diaries

book

author: Stanisław Lem
illustrator: Stanisław Lem

1971

Return from the Stars

book by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem

1961

The Invincible

novel by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem

1964

Let Us Save the Universe (An Open Letter from Ijon Tichy)

short story by Stanisław Lem first published in 1964

author: Stanisław Lem

1964

A Perfect Vacuum

collection of reviews of non-existent books, by Lem

author: Stanisław Lem

1971

Fiasco

book by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem

1986

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