Stanisław Lem

Polish science fiction author, futurologist

Stanisław Herman Lem (Polish pronunciation: [staˈɲiswaf ˈlɛm] (listen); 12 or 13 September 1921 – 27 March 2006) was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy, and satire, and a trained physician. 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. 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.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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Polish science fiction novel by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem


The Star Diaries


author: Stanisław Lem
illustrator: Stanisław Lem


The Cyberiad

series of humorous short stories by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem
illustrator: Daniel Mróz


His Master's Voice

1968 novel by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem


Imaginary Magnitude

collection of introductions to non-existent books

author: Stanisław Lem


Memoirs Found in a Bathtub

book by Stanisław Lem

author: Stanisław Lem


A Perfect Vacuum

collection of reviews of non-existent books, by Lem

author: Stanisław Lem


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