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Jun 23, 2009 Celeste rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans looking to broaden their horizons
Grabbed this off my shelf because I was in the mood for some Lem after reading a bunch of (Russian) Soviet sci-fi, and that's exactly what it was: some Lem. Lem's most well-known English translator (Michael Kandel) chose segments of some novels and chapters out of Lem's "episodic" books and grouped them by theme with short introductions to place them in context with Lem's overall work. I've read most of the original source material, so I had the context for the snippets, but Kandel does a very g ...more
Good stuff...but several "stories" were exerpts from novels so, they were frustratingly incomplete and somewhat pointless on their own. These are also mostly translations of translations (i.e. Polish to French to English.)so, I wonder how true to the original they are.
Stanisław Lem (staˈɲiswaf lɛm) was a Polish science fiction, philosophical and satirical writer of Jewish descent. His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 27 million copies. He is perhaps best known as the author of Solaris, which has twice been made into a feature film. In 1976, Theodore Sturgeon claimed that Lem was the most widely read science-fiction writer in the w ...moreMore about Stanisław Lem...