Good bye, Mr. Lem

Stanislaw Lem is dead.

He was an underrated and overlooked genius; it’s not hyperbole to call him the Polish Borges. His body of work included some of the funniest and most inventive science fiction, mysteries, other novels, and essays. He wrote about space exploration, the horrors of war, the mathematical patterns of life, and the insides of our very strange brains.

I would give my left nut to write like him.

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http://www.lem.pl/cyberiadinfo/english/main.htm official site
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaw_Lem

8 thoughts on “Good bye, Mr. Lem

  1. aw shit. I’ve only read Solaris, but I loved it. And I’ve been wanting to read more of his work. I’ve heard great stuff. I’m on my quarterly sci-fi kick right now, so I should hop on that while the hoppin’s hot.

  2. It’s not hyperbole to call him the Polish Borges, it’s bad manners! Yick, man, Borges is the suck.
    Anyway don’t think you can call Lem overlooked. He is the widest-read scifi guy in the world; he just doesn’t have much of a rep in the United States. He’s like soccer or the metric system – ubiquitous as soon as you get outside our borders.
    Er, I mean your own borders. Gringo.

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