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Lem, Stanisław

Works: 972 works in 4,940 publications in 34 languages and 35,514 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reviews  Biography  Interviews  Science fiction films  History  Science fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Illustrator, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Performer, Contributor, Editor
Classifications: PG7158.L39, 891.8537
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Stanisław Lem
Solaris by Stanisław Lem( Book )

328 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 27 languages and held by 1,945 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
Tales of Pirx the pilot by Stanisław Lem( Book )

134 editions published between 1968 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 1,597 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
The cyberiad : fables for the cybernetic age by Stanisław Lem( Book )

138 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 19 languages and held by 1,404 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
Return from the stars by Stanisław Lem( Book )

123 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 1,185 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
Eden by Stanisław Lem( Book )

100 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 15 languages and held by 1,058 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
The star diaries by Stanisław Lem( Book )

86 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Et udvalg af den bermte polske forfatters humoristisk science-fiction-fortllinger om den bermte rumpilot Ijon Tichys mrkelige eventyr som kaptajn på et intergalaktisk fartj
Microworlds : writings on science fiction and fantasy by Stanisław Lem( Book )

47 editions published between 1970 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiasco by Stanisław Lem( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 933 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
Memoirs of a space traveler : further reminiscences of Ijon Tichy by Stanisław Lem( Book )

51 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 887 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
A perfect vacuum by Stanisław Lem( Book )

71 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 886 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 Futurological Congress (from the memoirs of Ijon Tichy) by Stanisław Lem( Book )

24 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in English and held by 780 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
His master's voice by Stanisław Lem( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 733 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
The chain of chance by Stanisław Lem( Book )

27 editions published between 1978 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 709 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 )

38 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 705 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
Imaginary magnitude by Stanisław Lem( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and held by 704 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
Summa technologiae by Stanisław Lem( Book )

72 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hospital of the Transfiguration by Stanisław Lem( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 634 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 )

36 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 627 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
Peace on Earth by Stanisław Lem( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 620 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
The Invincible by Stanisław Lem( Book )

63 editions published between 1964 and 2006 in 10 languages and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans l'axe imaginaire de ##Solaris##, un space opera de haute qualité (1964) où les hommes les plus courageux et les plus puissants font face à des entités étranges et inattendues. Du Van Vogt non délirant
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Hospital of the Transfiguration
Alternative Names

Lem, S.

Lem, St.

Lem, Stanislas.

Lem Stanislas 1921-2006

Lem, Stanslaŭ.

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

Tales of Pirx the pilotThe cyberiad : fables for the cybernetic ageReturn from the starsEdenThe star diariesMicroworlds : writings on science fiction and fantasyFiascoMemoirs of a space traveler : further reminiscences of Ijon Tichy