Lem's Universe WL 2003

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Lem's Universe  
Author(s) Jerzy Jarzębski
Original title Wszechświat Lema
Cover artist Tomasz Lec
Country Poland
Language Polish
Publisher Wydawnictwo Literackie
Publication date 2003
Media type Print (soft)
Pages 339 pp (first edition)
ISBN 83-08-03343-1

A choice of essays dedicated to fundamental topics present in Lem's works. The book extensively discusses the following:

  • political aspects of science fiction
  • axiology: chance and values
  • history of reason
  • contact with the alien
  • criticism of modern civilization
  • relation of natural to artificial
  • problem of reading the world
  • evolution of Lem's worlds

"Lem's works create a powerful network of interrelated themes, images and texts. Initially concentrating on a specific fragment we move to ever wider shots that, finally, aspire to take the Whole ..." (a fragment of the introduction))