Imaginary Magnitude Paperback – 1 Nov 1985
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About the Author
Stanislaw Lem is the most widely translated and best known science fiction author writing outside of the English language. Winner of the Kafka Prize, he is a contributor to many magazines, including the New Yorker, and he is the author of numerous works, including Solaris.
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Top Customer Reviews
read something of his, and I found out what a unique and brilliant man he
is. _Imaginary Magnitude_ is easily as original a work as anything he's
written; If you're the type of person who skips Introductions(I am), you
could easily become confused by this book unless you've read this
warning; --the book /consists/ of introductions!
-----_Imaginary Magnitude_ is a collection of excerpts of novels that
have yet to be. Specifically, it's a collection of the /introductions/ of
the to-be-written novels.. --and, the explanations of the subject matter
of these books are both fascinating, philisophical, and ocassionally
whimsical. From the introductions of the instantly-updated encyclopedia
(if the words start to look blurry, close your eyes, pause a moment, and
start over--it's being rewritten), to the methods for making intelligent
microorganisms(if they can out-evolve our poisons, they can out-evolve
our intelligence tests.), this book contains a lot of food for thought..
--this science-fiction isn't for preteens.. ..but, the effort spent in
the reading is well rewarded.
The novel is rather lop-sided thanks to the overly heavy Golem which suffers from not being an easy read and uninteresting at the same time (after several analytical readings; one or two decent points, poorly accentuated). The three shorter stories which prefix Golem seem to be rejects from his much more enjoyable and luminous "A Perfect Vacuum". I did enjoy the idea of teaching English to bacteria but as an overall, measured novel from one of Sci-Fi's unsung masters, they do not suitably serve the themes of Golem, and neither the reader.
Lem was capable of much more.
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Though it wasn't the most entertaining book of Lem's, it definitely gives the best span of his talents of any that I've yet read. Read morePublished on 13 May 1999
Stanislaw Lem is not only Poøands best known Sf authors, he is also one of the worlds best literature critics. Read morePublished on 7 May 1999