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Polish science fiction author, futurologistwd:Q6530
science fiction literature, science fiction, futures studies, satire, philosophy
country of citizenship: Poland
native language: Polish
language of expression: English, Polish
educated at: Lviv University, Jagiellonian University
occupation: philosopher, essayist, satirist, screenwriter, science fiction writer, futurist, writer, poet
award received: ордэн Белага арла, Golden Medal for Merit to Culture, Franz Kafka Prize, Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, Order of the Flag of Work, 2nd class, Commander of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Officer of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Gold Cross of Merit, honorary citizen of Kraków, Austrian State Prize for European Literature, Geffen Award
Stanisław Herman Lem (Polish: [staˈɲiswaf ˈlɛm] (listen); 12 or 13 September 1921 – 27 March 2006) was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy, and satire. Lem's books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 45 million copies. From the 1950s to 2000s, he published many books, both science fiction and philosophical/futurological. Worldwide, he is best known as the author of the 1961 novel Solaris, which has been made into a feature film three times. In 1976, Theodore Sturgeon wrote that Lem was the most widely read science fiction writer in the world. The total print of Lem's books is over 30 million copies.Lem's works explore philosophical themes through speculation 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. They are sometimes presented as fiction, but others are in the form of essays or philosophical books.
Translating his works is difficult due to passages with elaborate word formation, idiomatic wordplay, alien or robotic poetry, and puns.
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series of humorous short stories by Stanisław Lemwd:Q1048615
collection of reviews of non-existent books, by Lemwd:Q546271