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The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem
     

The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem

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by Peter Swirski
 

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The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, whose works include Return from the Stars, The Cyberiad, A Perfect Vacuum, and Solaris, has been hailed as a "literary Einstein" and a science-fiction Bach. American and European scholars who have defined Lem scholarship offer an inter-disciplinary analysis of his influence on Western culture and the creative

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The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, whose works include Return from the Stars, The Cyberiad, A Perfect Vacuum, and Solaris, has been hailed as a "literary Einstein" and a science-fiction Bach. American and European scholars who have defined Lem scholarship offer an inter-disciplinary analysis of his influence on Western culture and the creative partnering of art and science in his fiction and futorology. Rather than analyzing Lem solely as a science fiction writer, the contributors examine the larger themes in his work, such as social engineering and human violence, agency and consciousness, Freudianism and the creative process, evolution and the philosophy of the future, virtual reality and epistemological illusion, and science fiction and socio-cultural policy. This unique collection also includes "Smart Robots," a previously unpublished essay by Lem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773575073
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
07/27/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Peter Swirski is associate professor, American literature, and director, American studies, Hong Kong University. He is the author of A Stanislaw Lem Reader and From Lowbrow to Nobrow.

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Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dbqp More than 1 year ago
I won't even aspire to analyze this work. Quite simply, it is intensely thought provoking. And if you're studying Lem, you should and will read this. My only other comment will be that when I found this, it was free. Shortly after I downloaded it, the price jumped to $95. While an insightful work, the current pricing is puzzling.