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Yet his writing reached far beyond the borders of the genre. In addition to many novels and stories, he composed a huge philosophical treatise on the relation of human beings and machines, a good deal of pungently argued literary criticism, a volume of reviews of nonexistent books, a stochastic theory of narrative fiction, an experimental detective novel, speculative essays dealing with artificial intelligence, cybernetics, cosmology, genetic engineering, game theory, sociology, and evolution, radio plays and screenplays.

Such staggering polymathic curiosity over such a vast range of material, all of it explored with lucidity and charm, gives his writing a unique place on a Venn diagram in which the natural sciences, philosophy, and literature shade into one another with mutually intensifying vividness and fascination.

I remember reading these stories in an English edition that I happened upon in my high-school library and feeling to borrow a line from Emily Dickinson as though the top of my head had been taken off. The proximity of the earpieces creates a chain reaction leading to an explosion. When the inventor, Trurl, tries to coax it into giving the correct answer, the huge machine rears up and physically threatens him, stubbornly adhering to its answer.

Trurl is on the verge of acceding to a revision of mathematical truth when the machine breaks down. Another tells of a ruler with a vast cybernetic military who laments the absence of enemies on which to use it, and so builds an equally vast cybernetic enemy against which to fight. His subjects, at least those who survive, complain that these synthetic wars are an unnecessary extravagance. At the center of the book is the at the time new discipline of cybernetics.

Anyone who so much as intimates that the surrounding castle and court life are not absolutely real is tortured and shot. Lem wrote lots of actual reviews, too, many of them about American science fiction, which he mostly did not like. Still, he had unreserved admiration for Philip K.

American fiction. Sammler is remembering his own childhood as a Jew in Poland of giving a maid a name that could not have been Polish. The question of what sort of Lem we get in translation is an often tangled one. And Lem himself was known to break with various of his translators, apparently unsatisfied with how the many Russian and German and French and English editions of his books turned out all languages he read.

Still, one can get pleasure from reading him in much the same way one enjoys the cognitive frisson of a thought experiment. Perverse invention and rational coherence lock into each other at weird, compelling angles in his work. Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy. In a movie starring Catherine Deneuve, Varda transformed science fiction into a subject in her own image. By Richard Brod y. More: Science Fiction Books Futurism.

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A Perfect Vacuum

Yet his writing reached far beyond the borders of the genre. In addition to many novels and stories, he composed a huge philosophical treatise on the relation of human beings and machines, a good deal of pungently argued literary criticism, a volume of reviews of nonexistent books, a stochastic theory of narrative fiction, an experimental detective novel, speculative essays dealing with artificial intelligence, cybernetics, cosmology, genetic engineering, game theory, sociology, and evolution, radio plays and screenplays. Such staggering polymathic curiosity over such a vast range of material, all of it explored with lucidity and charm, gives his writing a unique place on a Venn diagram in which the natural sciences, philosophy, and literature shade into one another with mutually intensifying vividness and fascination. I remember reading these stories in an English edition that I happened upon in my high-school library and feeling to borrow a line from Emily Dickinson as though the top of my head had been taken off. The proximity of the earpieces creates a chain reaction leading to an explosion.

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The Beautiful Mind-Bending of Stanislaw Lem

Reviews of nonexistent books. I suspect," intones one of Lem's supposed reviewers, "that there was an idea that burst upon the author—and from which he shrank. A Perfect Vacuum. In a perfect vacuum, Stanislaw Lem presents a collection of book reviews of nonexistent works of literature - works that, in many cases, could not possibly be written. Embracing postmodernism's "games for games' sake" ethos, Lem joins the contest with hilarious and grotesque results. Most of the "reviews" target the postmodern infatuation with antinarratives by lampooning their self-indulgence and exploiting their mannerisms.

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