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Stanislaw Lem: Selected Letters to Michael Kandel

Stanislaw Lem

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781781380178
eISBN:
9781781384862
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781380178.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In Stanislaw Lem: Selected Letters to Michael Kandel, Peter Swirski brings a treasury of unknown elements of Lem's life and literary legacy to light. The Polish science fiction writer died in 2006, ... More


Selected Letters, 1972–1987

in Stanislaw Lem: Selected Letters to Michael Kandel

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781781380178
eISBN:
9781781384862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781380178.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

These letters comprise Swirski’s first-time annotated translation of Lem’s fifteen-year correspondence with his principal American translator, Michael Kandel. Covering the entire central period of ... More


Introduction

Peter Swirski

in Stanislaw Lem: Selected Letters to Michael Kandel

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781781380178
eISBN:
9781781384862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781380178.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This section briefly introduces Peter Swirski’s edited and annotated translation of Stanislaw Lem’s fifteen-year correspondence with his American translator, Michael Kandel – seating the letters ... More


In the Kaleidoscope of Books

Peter Swirski

in Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781781381861
eISBN:
9781781382370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381861.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The chapter contains a comprehensive critical overview of Lem’s literary and philosophical oeuvre which comprises not only the classics like Solaris, but his untranslated first novels, realistic ... More


Problems and Dilemmas: Lem’s Golem XIV

Victor Yaznevich

in Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter documents the genesis of arguably Stanislaw Lem’s most grandiose intellectual undertaking. Having taken him more than ten years to complete, the plotless and heroless ‘narrative’ ... More


Life and Times

Peter Swirski

in Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781781381861
eISBN:
9781781382370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381861.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Filled with a welter of personal and historical detail and enriched by Lem’s comments from personal letters to Peter Swirski, the chapter traces the thread of Lem’s life and career in the context of ... More


The Hilarious and Serious Teachings of Lem’s Robot Fables: The Cyberiad

Bo Pettersson

in Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter analyzes how Stanislaw Lem combines humour and science in one of his more popular but less studied collections, The Cyberiad. In keeping with the subtitle, Fables for the Cybernetic Age, ... More


Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future

Peter Swirski

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781781381861
eISBN:
9781781382370
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381861.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future brings a welter of unknown elements of Lem’s life, career, and literary legacy to light. Part One traces the context of his cultural influence, telling the ... More


Lem's Master's Voice

Eugene Halton

in The Great Brain Suck: And Other American Epiphanies

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226314655
eISBN:
9780226314679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226314679.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

In his novel His Master's Voice, Polish writer Stanislaw Lem poses perplexing questions about the nature of science, life, communication, and cosmology, and most especially about the strange and ... More


Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Robert M. Philmus

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book offers a literary analysis of science fiction writing. It critically examines the works of some of the most prominent writers to have written in the genre — including Evgeny Zamiatin, Karel ... More


Investigating the Investigation: Mystery Narratives in The Investigation and The Chain of Chance

David Seed

in Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter studies Stanislaw Lem’s twin detective novels, The Investigation and The Chain of Chance. Both self-consciously comment on the nature of the investigative process as much as they dwell ... More


Embodiment Problems: Adapting Solaris to Film

Nicholas Ruddick

in Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses Solaris and its three film adaptations by Boris Nirenburg (1968), Andrei Tarkovsky (1972), and Steven Soderbergh (2002). Flawed as they are in different ways, each casts light ... More


Literature, Futurology, or Philosophy?: The Futurological Congress

Iris Vidmar and Peter Swirski

in Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter cast a critical light on Stanislaw Lem’s futurological tour de force, The Futurological Congress. Analyzing how this short novel plays out Lem’s favourite epistemic theme of unattainable ... More


Lem, Cervantes, and Metafiction: Peace on Earth and Fiasco

Kenneth Krabbenhoft

in Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter studies the conundrum presented by Stanislaw Lem’s last two novels, Peace on Earth and Fiasco, which bristle with self-referential and self-reflexive allusions to Lem's previous works. ... More


Lem Redux: From Poland to the World

Waclaw M. Osadnik and Peter Swirski

in Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter situates Stanlislaw Lem’s life in the sociopolitical context of post-WW2 Poland in parallel to situating his writing career in the context of post-WW2 Polish literature. It then moves to ... More


Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Peter Swirski and Waclaw M. Osadnik (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Lemography is a unique collection of critical essays on Stanislaw Lem, writer and philosopher hailed on more than one occasion as a literary Einstein. Its aim is to introduce aspects of his work ... More


The Unknown Lem: Man From Mars, The Astronauts, The Magellan Nebula

Peter Swirski

in Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381205
eISBN:
9781781382141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Accompanied by first-time sample translations from Lem’s first three novels: Man From Mars, The Astronauts, and The Magellan Nebula, this chapter systematically surveys the contents, themes, and ... More


The Word for World Is Forest: Metaphor and Empire in Science Fiction

in Science Fiction and Empire

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310249
eISBN:
9781846314018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314018.004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses that metaphors in science fiction become the ‘basis for a modern oppression’, as stated by George Lakoff and Mark Turner. This claim is then supported by examining Ursula Le ... More


Fiasco

Peter Swirski

in Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781781381861
eISBN:
9781781382370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381861.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The chapter recapitulates and reflects on the literary and cognitive themes of Lem’s farewell novel Fiasco in the context of search for intelligent life in the universe and its implications for life ... More


Happy End of the World!

Peter Swirski

in Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781781381861
eISBN:
9781781382370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381861.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The chapter reviews The Blink of an Eye, Lem’s farewell book of analyses and prognoses from the cusp of the millennium in which he surveys contemporary science and technology with a view to the ... More


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