The Star Diaries

The Star Diaries
Author: Stanislaw Lem
Publisher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2012-07-18
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0544079930

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Ijon Tichy, Lem's Candide of the Cosmos, encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride. Line drawings by the Author. Translated by Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Memoirs of a Space Traveler

Memoirs of a Space Traveler
Author: Stanislaw Lem
Publisher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 195
Release: 2020-02-18
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0262357747

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Meet Ijon Tichy—a space age adventurer who encounters faulty time machines, intelligent washing machines, and other puzzling phenomena—in this collection from a science fiction legend. Memoirs of a Space Traveler follows the adventures of Ijon Tichy, a Gulliver of the space age, who leads readers through strange experiments involving, among other puzzling phenomena, faulty time machines, intelligent washing machines, and suicidal potatoes. The scientists Tichy encounters make plans that are grandiose, and strike bargains that are Faustian. They pursue humanity’s greatest and most ancient obsessions: immortality, artificial intelligence, and top-of-the-line consumer items. By turns satirical, philosophical, and absurd, these stories express the most starkly original and prescient notions of a master of speculative fiction.

Star Diaries

Star Diaries
Author: Stanisław Lem
Publisher:
Total Pages: 340
Release: 1977
Genre: Science fiction, Polish
ISBN:

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Ijon Tichy, Lem's Candide of the Cosmos, encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride. Line drawings by the Author.

Memoirs of a Space Traveler

Memoirs of a Space Traveler
Author: Stanisław Lem
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Total Pages: 152
Release: 1982
Genre:
ISBN: 9780436244124

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Star Diaries

Star Diaries
Author: Stanislaw Lem
Publisher: Harcourt Trade Publishers
Total Pages: 288
Release: 1985-06
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780544311909

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Ijon Tichy, Lem's Candide of the Cosmos, encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride. Line drawings by the Author. Translated by Michael Kandel.

Memoirs of a Space Traveller

Memoirs of a Space Traveller
Author: Stanisław Lem
Publisher: Vintage
Total Pages: 168
Release: 1991
Genre:
ISBN:

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Holocaust and the Stars

Holocaust and the Stars
Author: Agnieszka Gajewska
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2021-11-29
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1000508625

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This book is a groundbreaking study of one of the greatest science fiction writers, the Polish master Stanisław Lem. It offers a new direction in research on his oeuvre and corrects several errors commonly appearing in his biographies. The author painstakingly recreates the context of Lem’s early life and his traumatic experiences during the Second World War due to his Jewish background, and then traces these through original and brilliant readings of his fiction and non-fiction. She considers language, worldbuilding, themes, motifs and characterization as well as many buried allusions to the Holocaust in Lem’s published and archival work, and uses these fragments to capture a different side of Lem than previously known. The book discusses various issues concerning the writer’s life, such as his upbringing in a Jewish, Zionist-minded family, the extensive relations between the Lem family and the elite of Lviv at that time, details of the Lem family killed during the German occupation and attempts to reconstruct what happened to Lem’s parents and to the writer himself after escaping the ghetto. Part of the Studies in Global Genre Fiction series, this English translation of the Polish original, which has already been considered a milestone in Lem studies, offers a fresh perspective on the writer and his work. It will be an important intervention for scholars and researchers of Jewish studies, Holocaust literature, science fiction studies, English literature, world war studies, minority studies, popular culture, history and cultural studies.

The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction

The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction
Author: Istvan Csicsery-Ronay
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Total Pages: 337
Release: 2012-10-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0819571520

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This major critical work from one of the preeminent voices in science fiction scholarship reframes the genre as a way of understanding today’s world. As the application of technoscience increasingly transforms every aspect of life, science fiction has become an essential mode of imagining the horizons of possibility. Though the broad scope of science fiction may vary in artistic quality and sophistication, it shares a desire to imagine a collective future for the human species and the world. A strikingly high proportion of today’s films, commercial art, popular music, video games, and non-genre fiction are what Csicsery-Ronay calls “science fictional” —stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We no longer treat science fiction as merely a genre-engine producing formulaic effects, but as a mode of awareness, which frames experiences as if they were aspects of science fiction. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction describes science fiction as a constellation of seven diverse cognitive attractions that are particularly formative of science-fictionality. These are the “seven beauties” of the title: fictive neology, fictive novums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Technologiade, or the epic of technoscience’s development into a global regime.

Science Fiction Literature through History [2 volumes]

Science Fiction Literature through History [2 volumes]
Author: Gary Westfahl
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 681
Release: 2021-07-19
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN:

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This book provides students and other interested readers with a comprehensive survey of science fiction history and numerous essays addressing major science fiction topics, authors, works, and subgenres written by a distinguished scholar. This encyclopedia deals with written science fiction in all of its forms, not only novels and short stories but also mediums often ignored in other reference books, such as plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels. Some science fiction films, television programs, and video games are also mentioned, particularly when they are relevant to written texts. Its focus is on science fiction in the English language, though due attention is given to international authors whose works have been frequently translated into English. Since science fiction became a recognized genre and greatly expanded in the 20th century, works published in the 20th and 21st centuries are most frequently discussed, though important earlier works are not neglected. The texts are designed to be helpful to numerous readers, ranging from students first encountering science fiction to experienced scholars in the field.

The Rise and Fall of American Science Fiction, from the 1920s to the 1960s

The Rise and Fall of American Science Fiction, from the 1920s to the 1960s
Author: Gary Westfahl
Publisher: McFarland
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2019-10-04
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1476638519

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 By examining important aspects of science fiction in the twentieth century, this book explains how the genre evolved to its current state. Close critical attention is given to topics including the art that has accompanied science fiction, the subgenres of space opera and hard science fiction, the rise of SF anthologies, and the burgeoning impact of the marketplace on authors. Included are in-depth studies of key texts that contributed to science fiction's growth, including Philip Francis Nowlan's first Buck Rogers story, the first published stories of A. E. van Vogt, and the early juveniles of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein.