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Lemography is a unique collection of critical essays on Stanislaw Lem, writer and philosopher. Its aim is to introduce aspects of his work hitherto unknown or neglected by scholarship and evaluate his influence on twentieth-century literature and culture - and beyond. The book's uniqueness is enhanced by the global makeup of the contributors who hail from Canada, United States, Great Britain, Germany, Croatia, Poland, Sweden and Finland. In all cases, these are scholars and translators who for many years have pursued, and in some cases defined, Lem scholarship. Rather than study Lem as a science fiction writer, each essay commands a wider sphere of reference in order to appraise Lem's literary and philosophical contributions. Each focuses on a different novel (or set of novels) from the writer's opus, examining them critically. Between them, the essays cover virtually all phases of Lem's multidimensional career, ensuring comprehensive coverage.
Peter Swirski is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and co-author of Stanislaw Lem: Life and Selected Letters (LUP, 2014). Waclaw M. Osadnik is Professor of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Table of Contents
Lem Redux: From Poland to the World - WACLAW M. OSADNIK and PETER SWIRSKI The Unknown Lem: Man From Mars, The Astronauts, The Magellan Nebula - PETER SWIRSKI Investigating the Investigation: Mystery Narratives in The Investigation and The Chain of Chance - DAVID SEED Embodiment Problems: Adapting Solaris to Film - NICHOLAS RUDDICK The Hilarious and Serious Teachings of Lem's Robot Fables: The Cyberiad - BO PETTERSSON Literature, Futurology, or Philosophy? The Futurological Congress - IRIS VIDMAR and PETER SWIRSKI Problems and Dilemmas:Lem's Golem XIV - VICTOR YAZNEVICH Lem, Cervantes, and Metafiction: Peace on Earth and Fiasco - KENNETH KRABBENHOFT Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index