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Book Title: Mortal Engines|
The author of the book: Stanisław Lem
Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: May 15th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780156621618
Format files: PDF
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Another fascinating book by Lem. I generally have little interest in short stories. I prefer longer narratives that I can really invest in. And when I realized these were short science fiction stories, I was skeptical that he would pull it off. Science fiction requires world building (as does fantasy) and integrating character into an unfamiliar universe takes time, which short stories don't afford. Lem solved that issue by writing short stories that are far more like fables or parables. Most provide social critique and commentary and sometimes humor. There were two slightly longer stories toward the end that were not quite novellas, and these were more traditional in style. Still very respectable stories that defy expectations.
What impressed me the most is his incredible creativity. His concepts are rich with imagination and break boundaries. He's incredibly inventive and smashes through traditional techniques. Lem is a true original.
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Read information about the authorStanisław Lem (staˈɲiswaf lɛm) was a Polish science fiction, philosophical and satirical writer of Jewish descent. His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 27 million copies. He is perhaps best known as the author of Solaris, which has twice been made into a feature film. In 1976, Theodore Sturgeon claimed that Lem was the most widely read science-fiction writer in the world.
His works explore philosophical themes; speculation on technology, the nature of intelligence, the impossibility of mutual communication and understanding, despair about human limitations and humankind's place in the universe. They are sometimes presented as fiction, but others are in the form of essays or philosophical books. Translations of his works are difficult and multiple translated versions of his works exist.
Lem became truly productive after 1956, when the de-Stalinization period led to the "Polish October", when Poland experienced an increase in freedom of speech. Between 1956 and 1968, Lem authored 17 books. His works were widely translated abroad (although mostly in the Eastern Bloc countries). In 1957 he published his first non-fiction, philosophical book, Dialogi (Dialogues), one of his two most famous philosophical texts along with Summa Technologiae (1964). The Summa is notable for being a unique analysis of prospective social, cybernetic, and biological advances. In this work, Lem discusses philosophical implications of technologies that were completely in the realm of science fiction then, but are gaining importance today—like, for instance, virtual reality and nanotechnology. Over the next few decades, he published many books, both science fiction and philosophical/futurological, although from the 1980s onwards he tended to concentrate on philosophical texts and essays.
He gained international fame for The Cyberiad, a series of humorous short stories from a mechanical universe ruled by robots, first published in English in 1974. His best-known novels include Solaris (1961), His Master's Voice (Głos pana, 1968), and the late Fiasco (Fiasko, 1987), expressing most strongly his major theme of the futility of mankind's attempts to comprehend the truly alien. Solaris was made into a film in 1972 by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky and won a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972; in 2002, Steven Soderbergh directed a Hollywood remake starring George Clooney.
He was the cousin of poet Marian Hemar.
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