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The Lem Reader (Rethinking Theory (Paperback)) Paperback – 31 Dec 1997
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A dialogue with Stanislow Lem, best known for his work in science fiction. His novels and short stories have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold 25 million copies.
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A Note to All Readers
I'm typing this note in order to establish a link with any reader who may wish to contact me. My present email is firstname.lastname@example.org ; after August 1999 please contact me c/o the English Department at the University of Toronto.
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The interviews portray Lem's faith in mankind as slight. He finds humanity as somewhat vain, and currently degenerating. An especially hard-hitting forecast of his predicts a deluge of information that will drown civilization. This examination of Lem's repeatedly frustrated attempts to bring the cosmic forces of logic to crack the tough nut of the Western civilization made me aware of just what I want from Lem as a reader: I want a book where mankind is awed and humiliated in numbers sufficient to produce a positive effect. I want the cosmos to teach man a lesson. I want an emergency exit.
Much as I enjoyed it, I liked another chapter on Lem much more, this one is in another book by Swirski, From Lowbrow to Nobrow. Entire chapter six is on Lem's Chain of Chance, and it's brilliant, written more like a cross between philosophical journalism and a reader's guide, check it, it's a classic