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Tulabar SFS is widely considered to be the premier academic journal in its field, with strong theoretical, historical, and international coverage. Since I had been received with exceptional hospitality, I could hardly refuse this request. Memoirs Of A Space Traveller. The Futurological Congress and Solaris are absolute genius. Most star diaries stanislaw lem the stories are excellent, some a bit tedious. The Star Diaries Still, they have a common theme: Journals that are combined with another title.
The most important seems to be the high level of commercialisation of SF in the English-speaking countries, especially in the US.
Another is the popular misconception quite common even in the literary circles of America that since SF is only a popular genre, with very lowly origins in so-called pulp magazines and comics, no SF writer can be seriously regarded as a true artist.
Obviously, there are many exceptions to this rule. First, some SF writers are indeed regarded seriously by the critics for example Kurt Vonnegut. Secondly, some prominent authors are not regarded as writing SF, in spite of the fact that they really write in this genre. Aldous Huxley and George Orwell are the most striking examples of this popular misconception. The reasons for such an artificial and obviously incorrect classification are manifold, and beyond the scope of this paper.
Therefore I shall only mention that after H. It is important to analyse Lem's non-science fiction novels in order to prove that the classification of Lem as a SF writer is artificial and reductionist.
In his SF, Lem privileged the role of chance and the impossibility of meaningful contact between truly alien cultures. Lem's biographical novels and thrillers can also be read as political works.
Their artistic value may not be the highest mostly due to censorship , but they remain an important record of the times which many would like to expel from Polish history. The first part of this trilogy, Szpital Przemienienia Hospital of the Transfiguration is different from the last two parts.
First, it is not written in the socialist realist style of the other parts and, secondly, it is the only portion that is still in print in its original pre-socialist realist form. Politics plays an important role in Lem's thrillers, especially in Katar, translated as The Chain of Chance.
This is in contrast to the majority of orthodox English language detective stories. As there is no individual murderer, a triumph of justice as well as punishment of the criminal is impossible. Thus it can be said that the external form of a detective story is misleading. Lem does not care either for happy endings or for solving the whole mystery. Instead, he portrays detectives who must work for masters who have no idea about the nature of the observed events and are in turn pressured by politicians to get instant results in a situation without a solution.
Even Wysoki Zamek, which is the closest thing Lem ever wrote to a 3 S. The presence of an adult Lem is noticeable only in the background, unlike in the majority of autobiographies which present the past world as it is presently seen by the adult author.
In the first period the communists had not seized full control of Poland, and in the second their grip on power was not as strong as in the years of Stalinism in Poland roughly This is, however, not a full autobiography, as it addresses only selected aspects of Lem's life.
There are also rare publications, in which Lem confirms his Jewish roots. Martin's Press, , p. The first part, generally regarded as the best, Szpital Przemienienia, describes the vicissitudes of a young doctor, Stefan Trzyniecki, who is a kind of alter ego of the author Lem was also a graduate of medicine.
Other heroes of the trilogy include a mathematical genius, who is murdered by the Gestapo. Excellent descriptions of the substation, the surgical procedures and the general atmosphere at the hospital indicate clearly the future interests of the young Lem.
Lem's medical education enabled him not only to describe accurately the relatively simple brain surgery in Szpital Przemienienia, but also the resurrection of Pirx the Pilot in Fiasko. The atmosphere of the hospital wards and operating theatres depicted in Hospital of the Transfiguration also has similarities to the other descriptions of closed communities made up of doctors or scientists, such as are found in His Master's Voice and Solaris. Czas nieutracony was written between and ,14 before Lem decided to write almost exclusively in the science fiction genre.
Lem's decision to choose science fiction as his main means of expression was partly political this genre was least shackled by the censors , and partly of more prosaic nature. He was asked by the chief editor of the Czytelnik publishing house in early to write a science fiction novel. The enormous popularity of this novel Astronauci prompted Lem to keep writing science fiction.
It also supports the assumption that Nazism was an extremely irrational doctrine, since the Germans wasted many talents such as Banach's because of irrational racial prejudice. These talents could have been useful in war-related disciplines such as cryptography or computer science. This was for the reason discussed above the more lenient attitude of the censors , as well as the ease of locating the plot of science fiction stories on remote planets and in a distant future rather than in the mundane reality of communist Poland.
Czas nieutracony contains many autobiographical elements. In The Eleventh Voyage there is a portrait of the spaceship's Calculator folly, while Doctor Vliperdius' Institute describes a mental institution for the psychologically dysfunctional robots. The whole of Czas nieutracony is written in the style of political15 prose. The reason is simple: the trilogy, and especially its second and third parts, are socialist realist works, written according to the rules set by the political system,16 according to which writers as well as the whole literature were tools for educating and controlling the masses.
Socialist realist literature was in reality indoctrination, which explains why Czas nieutracony, and especially its last two parts, is a political work sensu stricto. Wysoki Zamek is thus the key to Lem's whole body of work and explains his interest in technology and medicine, as well as his preoccupation with chance, unexplained phenomena and fantastic universes.
As Wysoki Zamek was translated into English only very recently, it is one of Lem's few major works not to have been discussed widely in the English-speaking world. Since the 15 Propagandistic, and especially in the two last parts socialist realist. High Castle is a rather unusual autobiography. It can be understood as Lem's attempt to recreate, interpret and understand himself as he was in his late childhood and very early adulthood up to late , when Lem was almost eighteen years old.
In other words, it is a literary experiment to reconstruct the former self on the basis of relatively few surviving memories. Wysoki Zamek is deceitful: it consciously balances on the thin border between comedy and solemnity, pastiche and serious literature as in many other writings of this author.
It is a novel written, in contrast to Czas nieutracony, by a mature writer, a master of style. But the author of Wysoki Zamek is more than a novelist - he is basically a philosopher, who also writes novels in the tradition of Swift and Voltaire. The real subject of the book is, as the reader learns while progressing through the narrative, not the recollections of the author's childhood, but an intellectual adventure of an adult struggling with his recalcitrant memory.
The grown-up Lem asks himself what is possible to recover from the shadow of his own past, which memories are possible to recall and which, although recorded in his brain, are not to be dragged up again. The other subject of the novel is an unconventional portrait of a child. In the opening words of the second chapter, Lem tells us I do not know if it is now absolutely clear that I was a tyrant. Norbert Wiener began his autobiography with the words I was a child prodigy;18 I could only say I was a monster.
Substantial parts of the novel are devoted to detailed descriptions of various machines, ancient even by standards home appliances and apparatuses of miscellaneous kinds. Some of these were built by Lem, like, for example, a primitive electric motor that looked like an old-fashioned steam engine. Obviously, Lem relates here to his mental traits - from the old photographs it is easy to see that he was a rather fat teenager most likely due to his passion for halva and other sweets.
For young Lem, with his upper middle-class origins, Galicia was a land where one could almost hear the sounds of Johann Strauss' waltzes played in Vienna, a land where it was possible to sense the presence of a spirit of the kind-hearted sovereign Franz Joseph the First.
It was a degree of freedom and autonomy unheard of in those years in the German partition as well as in the Russian Poland after the failure of the November Insurrection in It was only in Austrian24 Poland that the Poles could openly listen to the Polish national anthem, print books without intervention of political censors and exhibit patriotic paintings.
The other, more real, Galicia enters the pages of Wysoki Zamek only in its last chapter, where Lem describes his last vacations before his matura. Austria is also the first European country in which an explicitly neo-nazi party was invited to form the government after in coalition with the Christian Democrats.
Although it can be argued that an extreme right was in the Italian coalition government in the early s, it was not perceived as a threat to the peace in Europe. For obvious reasons but perhaps unjustifiably Europe and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the world reacts more strongly to the strengthening of the extreme right in the German-speaking countries than in the rest of Europe.
For example, the French or Italian far right is perceived only as a threat to democracy in France or Italy, while the German or Austrian neo-nazis are perceived as a threat to democracy in the whole of Western Europe. They were a tribe of mountaineers living in extreme poverty, even by the very low Galician standards.
It can also be argued that High Castle is a political novel, although in a different manner to Lem's socialist realist trilogy. Not only because it contains the descriptions of imaginary kingdoms and their bureaucracy, for which the young Lem skilfully produced various certificates, permits and passes while bored by lessons in his high school, but also because 26 Lem Wysoki Zamek - op.
Szkice o literaturze End of the Century. Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian administration was famous for its inefficiency, general incompetence, inaccuracy, slowness and overgrowth.
On the other hand, it was not corrupt, in contrast to the Polish administration in Galicia. This was particularly true of the period Lem described in Wysoki Zamek. To support this we have the evidence of Mr. Wincenty Witos, the Polish Prime Minister in the s, who were earlier a deputy in the Austrian parliament. Witos wrote in his Memoirs that Polish peasants from his Galician electorate communicated to him on several occasions their preference for the Austrian bureaucracy, which they considered much more honest than that run by Warsaw.
Even more so when he ponders whether he really existed, to begin with, when he creates the world, or gets arrested by robot fanatics. I had trouble with the language, as I mentioned above, of the Eleventh Voyage, but the idea was brilliant and reminded me a lot of The Man Who Was Thursday. I will not let out any spoilers but it was great!
If you ever wondered how the world was created, you would enjoy the Eight Voyage, in which Ijon goes to represent Earth in a gathering of the United Planets and understands how we came to be a silly accident of oil spillage. He creates the history of the planet through a series of work mishaps during a project that he is in charge of in the Twentieth Voyage.
The Twenty-first Voyage was admittedly challenging in a philosophical way, but also extremely interesting as it tells the story of how Ijon Tichy crashes on a planet of creatures that used to be human-like, until they started making genetic changes to their bodies and ended up completely robot and unable to return to the way they used to be, because they are torn by conflicts both of philosophical and religious character.
Stanislaw Lem is an author I should have discovered decades ago.
Then last year I discovered Lem and he single-handedly renewed my interest in sci-fi. The Futurological Congress and Solaris are absolute genius. Eden is interesting as a prototype of Solaris.
Return From the Stars, like The Futurological Congress, describes a futuristic Earth, but without the satirical word-play and absurdity that made The Futurological Congress such fun. It had its moments, but overall it was my least favorite. Although the theme of the alien from Solaris and Eden is present in The Star Diaries, the aliens in these stories are not truly alien to the reader.
Like much sci-fi, the aliens encountered by Tichy are all-too-human once you get past their odd shapes and peculiar appendages. Instead, these stories are written in the witty style of The Futurological Congress. This is the first story in the book, and the funniest. Spoiler alert: This story also includes a lesson in human evolution very different from the one we learned here on Earth.
I liked the concept, but the story was not one of his best. But this story, unlike those, delves into philosophy as Tichy meets a people who have completely rejected individuality. I like Lem best when he is philosophical and this story resembles the Teletransporter thought experiment in philosophy.
Tichy goes to the future to fix the past. What could possibly go wrong with that? However, what is most intriguing about this story are the theological musings of the robot friars and the nature of their religion, which can best be summed up in the line: A missionary brings religion to an alien world, only to find his congregation all too eager to practice what he preached.
It is like the Teletransporter from the thought experiment, or more familiarly, the transporter from Star Trek. Tichy was persuaded to give it a try. This story lampoons physicalists, semanticists, neopositivists, Thomists, and neo-Kantians alike. What could be better than that? Lem has the remarkable ability to make sentient and hostile potatoes seem totally believable, as he does in this line describing a plan to capture one of the crafty space spuds: When I put it down, I felt like I had over-indulged at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Tichy is a freelance space explorer who takes his rundown spaceship out of storage whenever the mood for adventure hits him. Usually he is intrigued by reports of some far distant galaxy, but along the way he is frequently blown off course and finds himself in comically dire straits with aliens who may celebrate his arrival or toss him jail or both. TIchy is dragged into the 27th century to work on cleaning up history.
This is a vast, bureaucratic enterprise where the punishment for screwing things up is to be stranded in the past.
A Things always go wrong. B Most things work out. On one planet, Tichy encounters a civilization facing a serious problem of rising ocean levels. The government solution is that people learn to breath underwater. A scientist explains to TichyThe upshot was…that what was to be controlled, controlled us. No one, however, would admit this, and of course the next logical step was the declaration that things were exactly the way they ought to be.
The published diaries are the recovered fragments of a larger work. In this book there are twelve voyages with numbers ranging from seven to twenty-eight. The numerical order does not reflect the order in which Lem wrote them. When looked at chronologically, you see Lem moving from knockabout space comedy, to more pointed satire, to philosophical speculation. The last-written and longest story, Voyage Twenty-One, is almost entirely a philosophical discussion between Tichy and a priest on a planet where things have gone horribly wrong.
I confess I never made it through this one, but skipping to the end I found that Lem finished his tales on a serious down note. I didn't enjoy it as much as expected. Maybe I read it too late. Maybe what was original, witty, creative and imaginative at the time of the book's writing is now part of your ordinary modern sci-fi menu. Most of them are meant to be comical and satirize prevalent sci-fi tropes like time travel.
Despite his undeniable wit, I think comedy is not Lem's strongest point and the best story in the book is the 21st Voyage, where he's more serious and you get a lot of truly interesting theological and ethical speculation. Before Arthur Dent, there was Ijon Tichy.
Before our civilisation disappeared into its own navel, there were the Dichoticans. And before we started to prattle about 'Singularities' the robot monks of Dichotica had already looked unflinchingly into that abyss. Before we ceased to create science fiction, there was this book showing us the sort of thing we could be creating instead. I think I'll finally get around to reading Gulliver's Travels instead. The Star Diaries by Stanislav Lem is a group of short stories that the author wrote over a time period from s and expanded and reissued in The stories are travel logs of space traveler, Ijon Tichy and translated by Michael Kandel from the polish in The Introduction and Introduction to the Expanded Edition are really a part of the book as well and not truly Introductions as can be gatthered from "The press tells us that Tichy used a ghost-writer, or that he never even existed, his works having been penned--they say--by a device given the name of "Lem".
According to some extreme versions this "Lem" s supposed to be a man. Now, anyone who has a rudimentary acquaintance with the history of space travel knows that LEM is an abbreviation for Lunar Excursion Module, an exploratory vessel built in the U.
The Seventh Voyage: The Eleventh Voyage: The twentieth voyage: Yet what is burial but collaboration through a game of "hide and seek? Over all his early works are playful moving into satire and the later works are philosophical. The authors development as a writer can be seen when the voyages are looked at in the order that they were written. There is a tremendous about of word play. This is a fun book that makes fun of man's supremacy in the universe, parodying history and time travel.
The Star Diaries really defy comparison with anything I have read before. Although the dry humor I expect from Eastern European fiction is there, the story lines and philosophical wanderings are idiosyncratic in the extreme. Lem's diarist Ijon Tichy is a starship pilot, galactic explorer and self-styled diplomat whose adventures around the universe lead him into frequent philosophical and religious discussions and even more frequent menace to his strange-by-comparison-to-aliens earthling body, menace mostly avoided by laying low and making quick exits.
Tichy is no starship trooper. His various voyages range from the prosaic to the profound. In one he loses a penknife and can't find his way back to the planet where he lost it thanks to an appallingly disorganized planetary system. In another, he visits monks still preserving their faith in a world where the lines between organic and inorganic, mechanical and natural have been utterly obliterated as in the "furniture grove" where armchairs and desks are grown from specially designed seed.
On yet another voyage, Tichy directs a bungling future bureaucracy charged with improving earth history by traveling into its past and inadvertently causes natural and human disasters from the extinction of the dinosaurs to the Spanish Inquisition. The book is illustrated with Lem's simple sketches of some of the stranger body shapes and technological gadgets of the future.
Although some of the stories tend to get a little wordy, the themes are still shockingly fresh, an amazing accomplishment for science fiction written in Lem's very best stories feature time travel and Ijon Tichy's best moments come when he fights with his own self, literally, in the flesh, caught in a time loop.
After all, aren't we all our own worst enemies? I had seen "Solaris" waaay back in college I think. Beautiful, but slowly paced, and this was a time that I slept through bits of a lot of movies.
So I was thinking that this series of "journeys" of Ijon Tichy written by the author of Solaris which I haven't read would be serious and dry. I was right and wrong. The subject matter of spaceship navigator Tichy's voyages are plenty serious and related with the driest of humor. Many of the convolutions of time and space involve Tichy, full well knowing the consequences or potential result, punching his future or past self in the nose.
His encounters with different societies explore the extremes of philosophy and religion, particularly Christianity. His view of earth society as seen from an alien perspective is very funny though also pessimistic. What a foolish bunch we are: Kind of makes me want to read Douglas Adams or Vonnegut.
This collection of short stories is considerably weaker than his other works. Lem was a genius for sure, but he was not a comedy genius drawing neither , the Douglas Adams-like nature of these stories does not really suit well with the gist of his ideas.
One other thing is the character of Ijon Tichy. He might be the most non-existent character in the history of literature. I have read hundreds of pages about him and I have no idea what is his personality, how does he looks like or what makes him what he is. Actually, if you think about it , it is quite a feat to write a character like that. I can only be ashamed of myself passing by this genial stories in high school by one of the best writer of my country, bah - the world!
However the timing may be perfect as often you'll find things coming from the past to save your future. I recently started to loose hope for sci-fi genre and looking for older books to rediscover the roots. Lem is universal and beyond time Btw - the story with electronic brains in chests? The Eight Voyage: The Twelvefth Voyage: The Thirteenth Voyage: The Fourteenth Voyage: The Twentieth Voyage: