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Good bye, Mr. Lem [Mar. 27th, 2006|02:47 pm]
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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.

lem


http://www.lem.pl/cyberiadinfo/english/main.htm official site
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaw_Lem
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From: hersheyjumper
2006-03-28 01:06 am (UTC)

What you got against your left nut...

That you would give it up before the right?
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[User Picture]From: mrhinelander
2006-03-28 01:41 am (UTC)

No no no...

I believe what hersheyjumper meant to say was:

WHY DO YOU HATE YOUR RIGHT NUT?

Solaris party at my house.
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From: ganatronic
2006-03-28 05:59 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: hotelsamurai
2006-03-28 08:18 am (UTC)
Did you ever read "One Human Minute"? Some of his predictions are coming true...
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[User Picture]From: baconmeteor
2006-03-28 02:07 pm (UTC)
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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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-03-28 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I meant overlooked by the literary crowd here. He got locked in the SF Ghetto.
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