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Lem, Stanisław

Works: 1,097 works in 4,775 publications in 28 languages and 34,751 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reviews  Biography  Interviews  Science fiction films  History  Science fiction 
Roles: Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Illustrator, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Other, Performer, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PG7158.L39, 891.8537
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Most widely held works by Stanisław Lem
Solaris by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
315 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 27 languages and held by 1,915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"When psychologist Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface, he finds himself confronting a painful memory embodied in the physical likeness of a past lover. Kelvin learns that hs is not alone in this, and that other crews examining the planet are plagued with their own repressed and newly real memories. Could it be, as Solaris scientists speculate, that the ocean may be a massive neural center creating these memories, for a reason no one can identify? Long considered a classic, Solaris asks the question: Can we understand the universe around us without first understanding what lies within?" -- back cover
The cyberiad : fables for the cybernetic age by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
22 editions published between 1969 and 2002 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. They travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their employers
Eden by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
98 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A crew of six crash-land on Eden, fourth planet from another sun. They set forth into a strange world that grows ever stranger. The sun is not completely circular. The desert ground is soft, spongy, it exudes acrid vapors. Thickets of plants are shaped like hanging spiders; trees, violet and blue, breathe noisily; flower petals lift into the air like a flock of startled pigeons. The men come to a wall that moves in rhythmic waves; they enter an automated factory where mysterious objects are created, destroyed, and created again in a meaningless cycle. They meet an inhabitant of Eden, a large, humped, pearl-colored, naked torso from which protrudes another, smaller torso with a child's head and two small arms -- a "doubler," they call him. One doubler leads to another, to whole communities, to a world of flying saucers and genetic engineering. And everywhere, death. Swollen bodies in ditches and in wells, a beehive structure filled with clusters of glass eggs -- a skeleton within each egg
Fiasco by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
23 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The planet Quinta is pocked by ugly mounds and covered by a spiderweb-like network. It is a kingdom of phantoms and of a beauty afflicted by madness. In stark contrast, the crew of the spaceship Hermes represents a knowledge-seeking Earth. As they approach Quinta, a dark poetry takes over and leads them into a nightmare of misunderstanding
Return from the stars by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
20 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hal Bregg is an astronaut who returns from a space mission in which only 10 biological years have passed for him, while 127 years have elapsed on earth. He finds that the earth has changed beyond recognition, filled with human beings who have been medically neutralized. How does an astronaut join a civilization that shuns risk' Translated by Barbara Marszal and Frank Simpson. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
The star diaries by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
20 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Microworlds : writings on science fiction and fantasy by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
15 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Memoirs of a space traveler : further reminiscences of Ijon Tichy by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
10 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The adventures and encounters of Ijon Tichy, tourist of the universe. Tichy reveals that "out there" is not so different from "down here," since people are people everywhere. When not traveling in space, he is a magnet for eccentric unrecognized inventors of spenetic genius, whose spooky experiments are revealed to him with megalomaniacal pride
The Futurological Congress (from the memoirs of Ijon Tichy) by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
26 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in English and Hebrew and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
World-renowned cosmonaut Ijon Tichy, persuaded to attent the Eighth World Futurological Congress, is severely injured when the Congress is routed by Costa Rican revolutionaries, is refrigerated in liquid nitrogen, and awakens in the year 2039
Tales of Pirx the pilot by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
16 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Pilot Pirx, Lem has created an irresistibly likable character: an astronaut who gives the impression of still navigating by the seat of his pants-a bumbler but an inspired one. By investing Pirx with a range of human foibles, Lem offers a wonderful vision of the audacity, childlike curiosity, and intuition that can give humans the courage to confront outer space. Translated by Louis Iribarne. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Imaginary magnitude by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
15 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
These wickedly authentic introductions to twenty-first-century books preface tomes on teaching English to bacteria, using animated X-rays to create "pornograms," and analyzing computer-generated literature through the science of "bitistics." "Lem, a science fiction Bach, plays in this book a googleplex of variations on his basic themes" (New York Times Book Review). Translated by Marc E. Heine. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
His master's voice by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
16 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Twenty-five hundred scientists have been herded into an isolated site in the Nevada desert. A neutrino message of extraterrestrial origin has been received, and, under the surveillance of the Pentagon, the scientists labor on His Master's Voice, the secret program set up to decipher the transmission."--BOOK JACKET. "Among them is Peter Hogarth, an eminent mathematician whose posthumous diary makes up the novel. Hogarth joins His Master's Voice after all efforts to decode the message prove futile and, after an early success, gives up on the project to pursue clandestine research into the so-called TX effect. Hogarth comes to realize that the TX effect could lead to the construction of the ultimate weapon - a fission bomb - and that such knowledge must not be allowed into the hands of the military."--BOOK JACKET. "Originally published in 1968, His Master's Voice takes to task the military takeover of scientific research, Cold War - era politics, and humanity's perpetual capacity for (self-)destruction. It remains a mordant satire on scientific microworlds and the monstrous political and military systems bankrolling them."--BOOK JACKET
A perfect vacuum by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
21 editions published between 1979 and 1999 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a collection of perfect yet imaginary reviews of nonexistent books. With insidious wit, the author beguiles us with a parade of delightful, disarmingly familiar inventions. "Lem is Harpo Marx and Franz Kafka and Isaac Asimov rolled up into one and down the white rabbit's hole" (Detroit News). A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
The chain of chance by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
17 editions published between 1978 and 2000 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A former astronaut turned private detective is dispatched to Naples to discover the pattern in a mysterious series of deaths and disappearances occurring at a seaside spa. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
The investigation by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
19 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young officer at Scotland Yard is assigned to investigate a puzzling and eerie case of missing-and apparently resurrected-bodies. To unravel the mystery, Lt. Gregory consults scientific, philosophical, and theological experts, who supply him with a host of theories and clues
Peace on Earth by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
14 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A spoof on the military-industrial complex featuring secret agent Ijon Tichy. On the moon, while relieving himself behind a boulder in the Sea of Serenity, he had the right part of his brain severed from his left by one of those super weapons being developed there. Now as he types a report of the mission, Tichy must keep his left hand tied down. It simply won't listen to reason, keeps trying to pull the paper out the typewriter all the time. By the author of One Human Minute
Hospital of the Transfiguration by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
10 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and Turkish and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is 1939; the Nazis have occupied Poland. A young doctor disturbed by the fate of Poland joins the staff of an insane asylum only to find a world of pain and absurdity to match that outside. Translated by William Brand. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Memoirs found in a bathtub by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
15 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The year is 3149, and a vast paper destroying blight-papyralysis-has obliterated much of the planet's written history. However, these rare memoirs, preserved for centuries in a volcanic rock, record the strange life of a man trapped in a hermetically sealed underground community. Translated by Michael Kandel and Christine Rose
Mortal engines by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
9 editions published between 1977 and 1993 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
More tales of Pirx the pilot by Stanisław Lem ( Book )
15 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Commander Pirx, who drives space vehicles for a living in the galaxy of the future, here faces a new series of intriguing adventures in which robots demonstrate some alarmingly human characteristics. Translated by Louis Iribarne, assisted by Magdalena Majcherczyk and Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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Alternative Names
Lem, S.
Lem, St.
Lem, Stanislas.
Lem Stanislas 1921-2006
Lem, Stanìslaŭ.
Lem, Stanislav.
Lem, Stanislav 1921-2006
Lem, Stanislaw
Lem, Stanislaw 1921-2006
Lemas, S.
Lemas, S. 1921-2006
Lemas, Stanislavas.
Lems, S.
Lems, Staņislavs 1921-2006
Stanislaw Lem
Лем, Станислав
Лем, Станислав 1921-2006
ستانسلاف ليم، 1921-2006
ليم، ستانيسواف، 1921-2006
レム, S
レム, スタニスラフ
レム, スタニスワフ
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