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Stanislaw Lem (12 September 1921 – 27 March 2006) was a famous Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire.

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In The Cyberiad, how did the letter n manifest in Polish?

The short story “How the World Was Saved”, from Stanislaw Lem’s The Cyberiad, opens as follows: One day Trurl the constructor put together a machine that could create anything starting with n. When ...
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The journey Ijon Tichy

In what journey does Ijon Tichy get to the planet where after the destruction everything is restored quickly, it looks like a 3d printer?
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Are Trurl and Klaupacius really robots?

"Everybody" knows that the Stanislav Lem characters Trurl and Klaupacius in Cyberiad are robots. But I have not found explicitly mention of this fact (in English translation at least). Is there ...
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Which books by Lem involve Artificial Intelligence?

I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't read more Lem, but a friend who has read a great deal of his work related to me that Artificial Intelligence does appear in his works. Which of Lem's books involve ...
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Stanisław Lem story: why the stars are bunched

Trying to find this short story, 99% sure it's by Stanisław Lem, maybe from the Cyberiad (I can't find my copy and haven't been able to find it online/in Google Books). The plot is approximately ... ...
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Story by Stanislaw Lem: the more distinguished you are, the shorter is your name

I'm trying to track down a story by Stanislaw Lem for my father. He thought it was titled "Citizen O", but there appears to be no such story. It's about a world in which the more distinguished you are,...
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Story by Stanislaw Lem about time travel

I recall reading a story by (I think) Stanislaw Lem, about time travel. It was humorous and lightly absurdist, and included an explanation of witches' broomsticks, which he explained as being "time-...
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Solaris (novel, 2011 English translation) Why were the automats locked up?

In the novel 'Solaris', by Stanslaw Lem, Kris Kelvin notices that the automats are all missing after he arrives on Solaris Station. He questions Snaut about this, but the latter refuses to explain. ...
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How/where did Stanislaw Lem learn advanced mathematics?

It seems, based on some of his writings, that Stanislaw Lem had some background in non-basic mathematics. For example the poem "Love and Tensor Algebra" from The Cyberiad. As far as I know, he never ...
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List of Actors playing Chris Kelvin (Protagonist in 'Solaris' by Stanislaw Lem)

Kindly provide a list with the names of Actors that have played Chris Kelvin from the book Solaris. Please add the year in which the Movie in which the Actor played Chris Kelvin was produced.
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Human Mind in machine without Sensation

In "The Stars my Destination" some humans permanently transfer their mind into a machine without any external sensation. They hope to achieve a higher level of enlightment through undisturbed ...
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Is the nature of the inhabitants of Quinta from the novel Fiasco known?

In Stanisław Lem's Fiasco, the nature of the inhabitants of the alien planet is never directly revealed, only hinted at. On the forums there is some amount of speculation about it, the most common ...
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A short story perhaps not by Lem

There is a short story, allegedly by Stanisław Lem, The extraordinary hotel or the thousand and first journey of Ion the Quiet, appearing in Imaginary Numbers, edited by W. Frucht (Wiley, 1999), but I ...
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Are humans a threat to Trurl and Klapaucius?

I've read a lot of short stories from the Cyberiad, but I doubt that I found all of them in the several anthologies containing different selections of them. We know that all the robot societies / ...
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What are the practical boundaries in the regeneration of the “Visitors” on Solaris?

Would Harey (or an other Visitor) 1. regenerate her hair if cut? 2. Grow her hair or fingernails? I assume the answer to question 2 is no, because it is stated in the novel, that she will not age, but ...
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Are there any better English translations of Solaris available, beyond the original translation from French?

The version of Solaris that I've read, apparently been translated into English from French, was never considered to be particularly good by Stanisław Lem. Have any other translation attempts been made,...