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ISBN-10: 0262046083
ISBN-13: 9780262046084
Publisher: MIT Press
Publish Date: 09/14/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 1.30" H

The Truth and Other Stories

Translator: Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Foreword by: Kim Stanley Robinson

Price: $39.95

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Thirteen stories by Polish science fiction master Stanislaw Lem, most of which have not appeared in English before”–

Twelve stories by science fiction master Stanislaw Lem, nine of them never before published in English.

Of these twelve short stories by science fiction master Stanislaw Lem, only three have previously appeared in English, making this the first new book of fiction by Lem since the late 1980s. The stories display the full range of Lem’s intense curiosity about scientific ideas as well as his sardonic approach to human nature, presenting as multifarious a collection of mad scientists as any reader could wish for. Many of these stories feature artificial intelligences or artificial life forms, long a Lem preoccupation; some feature quite insane theories of cosmology or evolution. All are thought provoking and scathingly funny.

Written from 1956 to 1993, the stories are arranged in chronological order. In the title story, The Truth, a scientist in an insane asylum theorizes that the sun is alive; The Journal appears to be an account by an omnipotent being describing the creation of infinite universes–until, in a classic Lem twist, it turns out to be no such thing; in An Enigma, beings debate whether offspring can be created without advanced degrees and design templates. Other stories feature a computer that can predict the future by 137 seconds, matter-destroying spores, a hunt in which the prey is a robot, and an electronic brain eager to go on the lam. These stories are peak Lem, exploring ideas and themes that resonate throughout his writing.

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The Truth and Other Stories, a new collection of Lem's previously untranslated stories, shows that even the 'scatterings from his workshop, ' as Kim Stanley Robinson puts it in his foreword, could outstrip a typical writer's lifetime of creation. –The New York Times Book Review

[A] a brilliant introduction to Lem's science fiction. In its pages one can find him testing out multiple styles and themes, from the quirky to the seriously philosophical. All its tales are incubators, growing and playing with ideas that would eventually become the mainstay of his novels and treatises... More than half a century ago, Stanislaw Lem gazed into the future and saw, rather than rockets or ray guns, the evolution of the synthetic mind and the humans creating it. Thanks to these translations, English-language readers can share in his vision–long after he first imagined the internet and its thinking machines. –The Wall Street Journal

As our world changes faster than we can make sense of it, Lem's prescient imagination shows the power of science fiction for peering into the future. –Scientific American

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ISBN-10: 0262046083
ISBN-13: 9780262046084
Publisher: MIT Press
Publish Date: 09/14/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 1.30" H
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