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Lem, Stanisław

Works: 1,703 works in 6,506 publications in 38 languages and 41,799 library holdings
Genres: Science fiction  Fiction  Novels  Drama  Science fiction films  Short stories  Film adaptations  History  Satirical literature  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Other, Illustrator, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Contributor, wpr, Editor, Performer, Scenarist
Classifications: PG7158.L39, 891.8537
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Solaris by Stanisław Lem( Book )

427 editions published between 1900 and 2018 in 35 languages and held by 2,318 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 he is not alone in this, and that other crews examining the planet are plagued with their own repressed and newly real memories. Culd it be, as Solaris scientists speculate, that the ocean may be a massive nural center creating these memories, for a reason no one can idenfity?"--Back cover
Tales of Pirx the pilot by Stanisław Lem( Book )

135 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,549 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
The cyberiad : fables for the cybernetic age by Stanisław Lem( Book )

165 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in 15 languages and held by 1,501 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
The star diaries by Stanisław Lem( Book )

175 editions published between 1957 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,279 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
Return from the stars by Stanisław Lem( Book )

137 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a long journey to a distant star, Hal Bregg returns to the earth where he finds that technology has developed beyond his imagining, prosperity is limitless, and peace reigns and where he discovers new meaning in life
Fiasco by Stanisław Lem( Book )

87 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in 12 languages and held by 1,138 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
Eden by Stanisław Lem( Book )

156 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 1,137 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 chain of chance by Stanisław Lem( Book )

117 editions published between 1975 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 1,020 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
Summa technologiae by Stanisław Lem( )

87 editions published between 1964 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Summa technologiae Lem produces an engaging and caustically logical philiosopical treatise about human and nonhuman life in its past, present and future forms." -- Book jacket
His master's voice by Stanisław Lem( Book )

84 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 935 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."--Jacket
Memoirs found in a bathtub by Stanisław Lem( Book )

99 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 883 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
The investigation by Stanisław Lem( Book )

72 editions published between 1959 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imaginary magnitude by Stanisław Lem( Book )

53 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 823 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
A perfect vacuum by Stanisław Lem( Book )

55 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a perfect vacuum, Stanislaw Lem presents a collection of book reviews of nonexistent works of literature - works that, in many cases, could not possibly be written. Embracing postmodernism's "games for games' sake" ethos, Lem joins the contest with hilarious and grotesque results." "Most of the "reviews" target the postmodern infatuation with antinarratives by lampooning their self-indulgence and exploiting their mannerisms. Lem exposes the limits of postmodern fiction, showing how its studious self-consciousness frequently conceals intellectual paucity. Beginning with a review of his own book, Lem moves on to tackle (or create pastiches of) the French new novel, James Joyce, pornography, authorless writing, and Dostoevsky, while at the same time ranging across scientific topics, from cosmology to the pervasiveness of computers."--BOOK JACKET
Microworlds : writings on science fiction and fantasy by Stanisław Lem( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this bold and controversial examination of the past, present, and future of science fiction, Lem informs the raging debate over the literary merit of the genre with ten arch, incisive, provocative essays. Edited and with an Introduction by Franz Rottensteiner. Translated by Rottensteiner and others. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
The Futurological Congress (from the memoirs of Ijon Tichy) by Stanisław Lem( Book )

28 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The futurologists of the world have gathered at their Eighth World Congress at the Costa Rica Hilton to discuss the problem of overpopulation. Their deliberations, however, are interrupted by a revolution which the government attempts to quell with chemical weapons. The air and water are laden with "benignimizers" and other exotic drags which send futurologist Tichy careening into a hallucinatory tomorrow. Lem's view of the overcrowded future is original and disturbing. A pessimistic, mordantly funny book, well translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel -- Kirkus Review
Memoirs of a space traveler : further reminiscences of Ijon Tichy by Stanisław Lem( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and held by 790 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
Peace on Earth by Stanisław Lem( Book )

64 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 773 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 )

45 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pensive story of Stefan Trzyniecki, a directionless, despairing young doctor who takes a job at a provincial Polish mental hospital at the outset of World War II. There he confronts the absurdity of life through events that occur both inside and outside the asylum walls. While corrupt and callous doctors perpetrate hideous abuses on mental patients, the Nazis are capturing Polish resistance fighters nearby. When the Nazis move to liquidate the asylum and turn it into an SS hospital, betrayals abound
The Invincible by Stanisław Lem( Book )

97 editions published between 1964 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the grand tradition of science fiction narrative represented by the best of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, The Invincible describes the story of a space cruiser sent to an obscure planet to determine the fate of another ship whose communications with Earth have abruptly collapsed. On Regis III, Navigator Rohan and his crew encounter the classic quandary: what course of action can man take once he has limits of his knowledge? The question of inexplicable, the bizarre, the problem that lies just beyond analytical reach are woven into a science-fiction plot that sustains excitement to the last."--Back cover
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Tales of Pirx the pilotThe cyberiad : fables for the cybernetic ageThe star diariesReturn from the starsFiascoEdenThe chain of chanceHis master's voice
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Laimu, Sidannisiwafu

Laimu, Sitanisiwafu


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Lem, Stanisław Herman, 1921-2006

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Lemas Stanislavas

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Lemi, Stanislav

Lems, S.

Lems, Staņislavs 1921-2006

Līm, Stānislāf

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Remu, Sutanisuwafu

Stanislas Lem écrivain de science-fiction polonais

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Στάνισλαβ Λεμ

Στάνισλαβ Λεμ Πολωνός συγγραφέας έργων φιλοσοφικών, σατιρικών και επιστημονικής φαντασίας

Лем С.

Лем С. 1921-2006

Лем, Ст. 1921-2006

Лем Станислав

Лем, Станислав 1921-2006

Лем Станіслав

Станислав Лем

Станислав Лем польский писатель (фантаст, эссеист, сатирик), философ и футуролог

Станіслав Лем

Станіслав Лем польський письменник-фантаст, філософ і футуролог

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לם, סטניסלב

סטאַניסלאַוו לעם יידיש-פוילישער שרייבער פון וויסנשאפט פאנטאסט

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استانیسلاو لم

ستانسلاف ليم، 1921-2006

ستانيسواف لم

ليم، ستانيسواف، 1921-2006

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렘, 스타니스와프 1921-2006

렘, 스타니슬라프 1921-2006

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