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Lem, Stanisław

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Solaris by Stanisław Lem( Book )

449 editions published between 1900 and 2020 in 35 languages and held by 2,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scientist examining the ocean that covers the surface of the planet Solaris is forced to confront the incarnation of a painful, hitherto unconscious memory, inexplicably created by the ocean. An undisputed SF classic
The star diaries by Stanisław Lem( Book )

204 editions published between 1957 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 2,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ijon Tichy, Lem's Candide of the Cosmos, encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride. Line drawings by the Author. Translated by Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Tales of Pirx the pilot by Stanisław Lem( Book )

151 editions published between 1900 and 2020 in 8 languages and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commander Pirx, who drives space vehicles for a living in the galaxy of the future, here faces a new series of intriguing adventures in which robots demonstrate some alarmingly human characteristics. Translated by Louis Iribarne, assisted by Magdalena Majcherczyk and Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
The cyberiad : fables for the cybernetic age by Stanisław Lem( Book )

157 editions published between 1963 and 2020 in 12 languages and held by 1,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two inventors hire themselves out to create various, unusual machines for the rulers of galaxies
Return from the stars by Stanisław Lem( Book )

136 editions published between 1961 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Originally published in 1961, Return from the Stars recounts the experiences of Hal Bregg, an astronaut who returns from an exploratory mission of ten years. Due to time dilation 127 years have passed on Earth. Bregg returns to a society that he hardly recognizes, one where danger has been eradicated. Children are 'betrizated' to remove all aggression and violence, but this also removes all impluse to take risks and explore. Bregg has serious difficulty in navigating the new social mores, and fails to adapt. While Lem's depiction of a risk-free society is bleak, he avoids heroizing Bregg and his fellow astronauts -- faced with no opposition to his aggression, Bregg behaves abominably. The middle of the book recounts the space mission, in which several of their collagues died horribly and very little of any scientific magnitude was discovered. As usual with Lem's books, there is no simple answer, and Lem's dissection has multiple targets"-- Provided by publisher
Science fiction : a collection of critical essays by Mark Rose( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 1,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noted science fiction writers discuss many aspects of one of literature's newest genres
Fiasco by Stanisław Lem( Book )

98 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in 12 languages and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The planet Quinta is pocked by ugly mounds and covered by a spiderweb-like network. It is a kingdom of phantoms and of a beauty afflicted by madness. In stark contrast, the crew of the spaceship Hermes represents a knowledge-seeking Earth. As they approach Quinta, a dark poetry takes over and leads them into a nightmare of misunderstanding. Translated by Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Summa technologiae by Stanisław Lem( )

91 editions published between 1964 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An engaging and caustically logical philosophical treatise about human and nonhuman life in its past, present, and future forms
Eden by Stanisław Lem( Book )

156 editions published between 1900 and 2020 in 16 languages and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A crew of six crash-land on Eden, fourth planet from another sun. They set forth into a strange world that grows ever stranger. The sun is not completely circular. The desert ground is soft, spongy, it exudes acrid vapors. Thickets of plants are shaped like hanging spiders; trees, violet and blue, breathe noisily; flower petals lift into the air like a flock of startled pigeons. The men come to a wall that moves in rhythmic waves; they enter an automated factory where mysterious objects are created, destroyed, and created again in a meaningless cycle. They meet an inhabitant of Eden, a large, humped, pearl-colored, naked torso from which protrudes another, smaller torso with a child's head and two small arms -- a "doubler," they call him. One doubler leads to another, to whole communities, to a world of flying saucers and genetic engineering. And everywhere, death. Swollen bodies in ditches and in wells, a beehive structure filled with clusters of glass eggs -- a skeleton within each egg
The chain of chance by Stanisław Lem( Book )

119 editions published between 1975 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former astronaut turned private detective is dispatched to Naples to discover the pattern in a mysterious series of deaths and disappearances occurring at a seaside spa
His master's voice by Stanisław Lem( Book )

93 editions published between 1968 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Twenty-five hundred scientists have been herded into an isolated site in the Nevada desert. A neutrino message of extraterrestrial origin has been received, and, under the surveillance of the Pentagon, the scientists labor on His Master's Voice, the secret program set up to decipher the transmission."--BOOK JACKET. "Among them is Peter Hogarth, an eminent mathematician whose posthumous diary makes up the novel. Hogarth joins His Master's Voice after all efforts to decode the message prove futile and, after an early success, gives up on the project to pursue clandestine research into the so-called TX effect. Hogarth comes to realize that the TX effect could lead to the construction of the ultimate weapon - a fission bomb - and that such knowledge must not be allowed into the hands of the military."--BOOK JACKET. "Originally published in 1968, His Master's Voice takes to task the military takeover of scientific research, Cold War - era politics, and humanity's perpetual capacity for (self- )destruction. It remains a mordant satire on scientific microworlds and the monstrous political and military systems bankrolling them."--Jacket
Imaginary magnitude by Stanisław Lem( Book )

61 editions published between 1971 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These wickedly authentic introductions to twenty-first-century books preface tomes on teaching English to bacteria, using animated X-rays to create "pornograms," and analyzing computer-generated literature through the science of "bitistics." "Lem, a science fiction Bach, plays in this book a googleplex of variations on his basic themes" (New York Times Book Review). Translated by Marc E. Heine. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
The Futurological Congress (from the memoirs of Ijon Tichy) by Stanisław Lem( Book )

34 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The futurologists of the world have gathered at their Eighth World Congress at the Costa Rica Hilton to discuss the problem of overpopulation. Their deliberations, however, are interrupted by a revolution which the government attempts to quell with chemical weapons. The air and water are laden with "benignimizers" and other exotic drags which send futurologist Tichy careening into a hallucinatory tomorrow. Lem's view of the overcrowded future is original and disturbing. A pessimistic, mordantly funny book, well translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel -- Kirkus Review
Microworlds : writings on science fiction and fantasy by Stanisław Lem( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of Solaris critiques science fiction in a collection of provocative essays. Celebrated science fiction master Stanislaw Lem turns his always sharp and insightful pen to criticism in this bold and controversial analysis of the genre for which he is most known. In this collection of ten essays—ranging from an introspective examination of his own biographical and literary history to biting scrutiny of fellow authors and their works—Lem takes a keen look at the influence, shortcomings, merit, and importance of science fiction, touching on topics from Philip K. Dick (“a genius among the charlatans”) to time travel, cosmology, and Jorge Luis Borges. Whether deriding the genre’s tendency to adhere to well-worn patterns of adventure or lauding its ability to, when executed correctly, discover ideas that have not been thought of or done before, Lem’s quick wit, razor tongue, and impeccable insights make Microworlds a master class of scientific and literary analysis from one of the undisputed legends of science fiction
The investigation by Stanisław Lem( Book )

61 editions published between 1959 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A young officer at Scotland Yard is assigned to investigate a puzzling and eerie case of missing-and apparently resurrected-bodies. To unravel the mystery, Lt. Gregory consults scientific, philosophical, and theological experts, who supply him with a host of theories and clues."--Goodreads
A perfect vacuum by Stanisław Lem( Book )

43 editions published between 1971 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. Lem exposes the limits of postmodern fiction, showing how its studious self-consciousness frequently conceals intellectual paucity. Beginning with a review of his own book, Lem moves on to tackle (or create pastiches of) the French new novel, James Joyce, pornography, authorless writing, and Dostoevsky, while at the same time ranging across scientific topics, from cosmology to the pervasiveness of computers."--BOOK JACKET
Memoirs found in a bathtub by Stanisław Lem( Book )

60 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year is 3149, and a vast paper destroying blight-papyralysis-has obliterated much of the planet's written history. However, these rare memoirs, preserved for centuries in a volcanic rock, record the strange life of a man trapped in a hermetically sealed underground community. Translated by Michael Kandel and Christine Rose
The Invincible by Stanisław Lem( Book )

101 editions published between 1964 and 2020 in 8 languages and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the grand tradition of science fiction narrative represented by the best of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, The Invincible describes the story of a space cruiser sent to an obscure planet to determine the fate of another ship whose communications with Earth have abruptly collapsed. On Regis III, Navigator Rohan and his crew encounter the classic quandary: what course of action can man take once he has limits of his knowledge? The question of inexplicable, the bizarre, the problem that lies just beyond analytical reach are woven into a science-fiction plot that sustains excitement to the last."--Back cover
Hospital of the Transfiguration by Stanisław Lem( Book )

48 editions published between 1965 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Hospital of the Transfiguration is a very early novel by Lem. it was written in 1948, but supppressed by Polish censors, and was not published until 1955. The book appeared in an English translation in 1988. The censorship of this early realist novel is partly what drove Lem to write in the vein of science fiction almost exclusively for the next thirty years. The book is partly autobiographical, about a doctor working in a Polish asylum during World War II. At first the asylum seems like a bucolic refuge to the young doctor, but a series of encounters and incidents reveal an underlying brutality. he begins to seek relief in the strange conversation of the poet Sekulowski, who is posing as a patient in a bid for safety from the occupying German forces. Resistance fighters stockpile weapons in the surrounding woods. In the end, German troops arrive and, under euthanasia program Action T4, slaughter most of the patients and staff. Kirkus reviews noted, "Absorbing, also, to watch Lem outline many of the themes and ideas that he will later develop brilliantly in his science fiction. All in all, not for the fainthearted, even though Lem is not yet at full power here.""--
Peace on Earth by Stanisław Lem( Book )

69 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spoof on the military-industrial complex featuring secret agent Ijon Tichy. On the moon, while relieving himself behind a boulder in the Sea of Serenity, he had the right part of his brain severed from his left by one of those super weapons being developed there. Now as he types a report of the mission, Tichy must keep his left hand tied down. It simply won't listen to reason, keeps trying to pull the paper out the typewriter all the time. By the author of One Human Minute
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The star diariesTales of Pirx the pilotThe cyberiad : fables for the cybernetic ageReturn from the starsFiascoEdenThe chain of chanceHis master's voice
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Laimu, Sidannisiwafu

Laimu, Sidannisiwafu, 1921-2006

Laimu, Sitanisiwafu

Laimu, Sitanisiwafu, 1921-2006


Lem (1921-2006)

Lem S.

Lem S. 1921-2006

Lem, St.

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Lem, Stanislas.

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Lem Stanislas 1921-2006

Lem, Stanìslaŭ.

Lem, Stanìslav

Lem, Stanislav 1921-2006

Lem Stanislaw

Lem, Stanisław 1921-2006

Lem, Stanisław Herman, 1921-2006

Lemas S.

Lemas, S., 1921-

Lemas, S. 1921-2006

Lemas Stanislavas

Lemas, Stanislavas, 1921-2006

Lemas, Stanisław 1921-2006

Lemi, Stanislav

Lems, S.

Lems, Staņislavs 1921-2006

Līm, Stānislāf

Līm, Stānislāf, 1921-2006

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Remu, Sutanisuwafu

Remu, Sutanisuwafu, 1921-2006

Stanislas Lem écrivain de science-fiction polonais

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Stanislav Lem

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Στάνισλαβ Λεμ

Στάνισλαβ Λεμ Πολωνός συγγραφέας έργων φιλοσοφικών, σατιρικών και επιστημονικής φαντασίας

Лем С.

Лем С. 1921-2006

Лем, Ст. 1921-2006

Лем Станислав

Лем, Станислав 1921-2006

Лем Станіслав

Станислав Лем

Станислав Лем полски писател

Станислав Лем польский писатель (фантаст, эссеист, сатирик), философ и футуролог

Станислав Лем польский писатель, эссеист, философ и футуролог

Станіслав Лем

Станіслав Лем польський письменник-фантаст, філософ і футуролог

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לם, סטניסלב

סטאַניסלאַוו לעם יידיש-פוילישער שרייבער פון וויסנשאפט פאנטאסט

סטניסלב לם

סטניסלב לם סופר ומסאי פולני

استانیسلاو لم

استانیسلاو لم نویسندهٔ لهستانی آثار علمی–تخیلی، خالق رُمان سولاریس

ستانسلاف ليم، 1921-2006

ستانيسواف لم

ستانیسلاو لیم

ليم, ستانسلاف

ليم، ستانيسواف، 1921-2006

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렘, S. 1921-2006

렘, 스타니스와프 1921-2006

렘, 스타니슬라프 1921-2006

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レム, S

レム, スタニスラフ

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