Stanislaw Lem

Lem, Stanisław

Stanisław Lem (stän´Ĭswäf´ lĕm), 1921–2006, Polish science-fiction writer. A doctor by training, Lem began his writing career as a poet before turning to the novel. In his many science-fiction works, including Return from the Stars (1961; tr. 1973), Solaris (1961; tr. 1982; films, 1972, 2002), His Master's Voice (1968, tr. 1983), and The Futurological Congress (1971, tr. 1974), he combines irony and grotesque humor with profound social, psychological, and philosophical analyses that show a concern for the moral implications of modern science and technology. Lem was also the author of notable essays concerning science fiction, including the collection Microworlds (1984).

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The Pseudo-Utopian Cosmographies of Stanislaw Lem
Jurich, Marilyn.
Utopian Studies, Spring 1998
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Hard Science Fiction
George E. Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "Noise, Information, and Statistics in Stanislaw Lem's The Investigation" begins on p. 164, and "The Cybernetic Paradigms of Stanislaw Lem" begins on p. 177
Storm Warnings: Science Fiction Confronts the Future
George E. Slusser; Colin Greenland; Eric S. Rabkin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Knowing the Unknown: Heinlein, Lem and the Future" begins on p. 55
Mindscapes: The Geographies of Imagined Worlds
George E. Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 18 "'The Adjutant': Suggestions for Maps in Time and Space from Greene to Johnson to Lem"
Bridges to Fantasy
George E. Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin; Robert Scholes.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "The Unconscious, Fantasy and Science Fiction: Transformations in Bradbury's Martian Chronicles and Lem's Solaris" begins on p. 142
Oceans, Fear and the Jungian Connection in Solaris and Sphere
Hawkins, Emma B.
Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, March 2003
Learning from Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition and the Politics of Science Fiction and Utopia
Patrick Parrinder.
Liverpool University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Labyrinth, Double and Mask in the Science Fiction of Stanislaw Lem" begins on p. 178
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