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The Futurological Congress Book by ,

The Futurological Congress Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1985-10-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN Code: 0547539800
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Summary: Bringing his twin gifts of scientific speculation and scathing satire to bear on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unlucky cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the Eighth Futurological Congress. Caught up in local revolution, Tichy is shot and so critically wounded that he is flashfrozen to await a future cure. Translated by Michael Kandel.

Fiasco Book by Stanislaw Lem

Fiasco Book
  • Author : Stanislaw Lem
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2012-07-18
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN Code: 0544080106
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Summary: “A stunningly inventive fantasy about cosmic travel” from the Kafka Prize–winning author of Solaris (The New York Times). The Hermes explorer ship represents the epitome of Earth’s excellence: a peaceful mission sent forth to make first contact with an alien civilization, and to use the expansive space technology developed by humanity to seek new worlds, friendships, and alliances. But what its crew discovers on the planet Quinta is nothing like they had hoped. Locked in a seemingly endless cold war among themselves, the Quintans are uncommunicative and violent, refusing any discourse—except for the firing of deadly weapons. The crew of the Hermes is determined to accomplish what they had set out to do. But the cost of learning the secrets hidden on the silent surface of Quinta may be grave. Stark, startling, and insightful, Fiasco has been praised by Publishers Weekly as “one of Lem’s best novels.” It is classic, thought-provoking hard science fiction, as prescient today as when it was first written.

Peace on Earth Book by Stanislaw Lem

Peace on Earth Book
  • Author : Stanislaw Lem
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2002-12-04
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN Code: 0547995121
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Summary: Robot armies, an arms race in space, and a brain at war with itself add up to “a futuristic version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (The Boston Phoenix). Anxious to avoid a war that would destroy the entire planet, the major powers of Earth have come to an ingenious compromise. Each country sends a force of adaptable, self-programming robots to the surface of the moon to play out the conflict there and, hopefully, reach a mutually agreeable stalemate. But when the robots stop responding, it is up to Ijon Tichy to travel to the lunar war zone and discover what went wrong. Tichy finds what he needs to know, but falls victim to an attack that severs the left and right sides of his brain: one of which knows nothing about the status of the moon, the other of which isn’t telling. Now Tichy finds himself at the center of a new sort of war of attrition, with each world power clamoring for his knowledge and each half of his stubborn brain clamoring for control. Wry and action-packed in equal measure, Stanislaw Lem’s absurd, insightful sendup of the Cold War is required reading for any fan of science fiction. Here, “humor and a breathless pace create a delightful and thought-provoking read” (Publishers Weekly).

Venus on the Half-Shell Book by Philip Jose Farmer

Venus on the Half-Shell Book
  • Author : Philip Jose Farmer
  • Publisher : Titan Books (US, CA)
  • Release Date : 2013-12-10
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN Code: 1781163073
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Summary: Simon Wagstaff narrowly escapes the Deluge that destroys Earth when he happens upon an abandoned spaceship. A man without a planet, he gains immortality from an elixir drunk during an interlude with a cat-like alien queen. Now Simon must chart a 3,000-year course to the most distant corners of the multiverse, to seek out the answers to the questions no one can seem to answer.

The Investigation Book by Stanislaw Lem

The Investigation Book
  • Author : Stanislaw Lem
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2012-07-18
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN Code: 0544080092
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Summary: An eerie and offbeat mystery by a Kafka Prize–winning author. The case confronting Lieutenant Gregory is not one that a man of Scotland Yard would expect. In fact, it is not one any sane man would care to entertain. Bodies are disappearing. The initial assumption is that a grave robber is roaming London and defiling local morgues. But upon further examination, it seems the deceased are, in fact, resurrecting. As Gregory stumbles his way through the tangled clues, seeking advice from scientific, philosophical, and theological experts alike, he finds himself tossed into a baffling metaphysical puzzle of incomprehensible truths and unbelievable realities. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “closer to Kafka than the police precinct house,” Lem’s intelligent and puzzling foray into the mystery genre offers an appealing combination of disturbance and delight.

Microworlds Book by Stanislaw Lem

Microworlds Book
  • Author : Stanislaw Lem
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2012-07-18
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN Code: 0544080157
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Summary: The author of Solaris critiques science fiction in a collection of provocative essays. Celebrated science fiction master Stanislaw Lem turns his always sharp and insightful pen to criticism in this bold and controversial analysis of the genre for which he is most known. In this collection of ten essays—ranging from an introspective examination of his own biographical and literary history to biting scrutiny of fellow authors and their works—Lem takes a keen look at the influence, shortcomings, merit, and importance of science fiction, touching on topics from Philip K. Dick (“a genius among the charlatans”) to time travel, cosmology, and Jorge Luis Borges. Whether deriding the genre’s tendency to adhere to well-worn patterns of adventure or lauding its ability to, when executed correctly, discover ideas that have not been thought of or done before, Lem’s quick wit, razor tongue, and impeccable insights make Microworlds a master class of scientific and literary analysis from one of the undisputed legends of science fiction.

Genesis Book by Bernard Beckett

Genesis Book
  • Author : Bernard Beckett
  • Publisher : Emblem Editions
  • Release Date : 2011-11-29
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 1551993821
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Summary: A brilliant and chilling dystopia for a new generation in the tradition of Brave New World. “‘Explain to us why you wish to enter The Academy.’” Anaximander, a young Academy candidate, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. It’s late in the 21st century and the island Republic has emerged from a ruined, plague-ridden world, its citizens safe, but not free, and living in complete isolation from outside contact. Approaching planes are gunned down, refugees shot on sight. Until a man named Adam Forde rescued a girl from the sea. “Anaximander, we have asked you to consider why it is you would like to join the Academy. Is your answer ready?” To answer that question, Anaximander must struggle with everything she has ever known about herself and her beloved Republic’s history, the nature of being human, of being conscious, and even what it means to have a soul. And when everything has been laid bare, she must confront the Republic’s last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world.

Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation Book by Juris Dilevko,Keren Dali,Glenda Garbutt

Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation Book
  • Author : Juris Dilevko,Keren Dali,Glenda Garbutt
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2011-03-17
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 526
  • ISBN Code: 1598849093
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Summary: This much-needed guide to translated literature offers readers the opportunity to hear from, learn about, and perhaps better understand our shrinking world from the perspective of insiders from many cultures and traditions. • Over 1,000 annotated contemporary world fiction titles, featuring author's name; title; translator; publisher and place of publication; genre/literary style/story type; an annotation; related works by the author; subject keywords; and original language • 9 introductory overviews about classic world fiction titles • Extensive bibliographical essays about fiction traditions in other countries • 5 indexes: annotated authors, annotated titles, translators, nations, and subjects/keywords

The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem Book by Peter Swirski

The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem Book
  • Author : Peter Swirski
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN Code: 0773575073
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Summary: Leading scholars examine the social and cultural significance of technology and science in the work of Stanislaw Lem, the author of Solaris.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Book by Adam Mednick

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Book
  • Author : Adam Mednick
  • Publisher : Addicus Books
  • Release Date : 2013-07-01
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 175
  • ISBN Code: 1936374986
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Summary: Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a damaging and often misdiagnosed neurological disease, and this reference provides concise information to help understand the disease and how it’s treated. The book explains the symptoms of NPH, how NPH develops, medical tests performed to diagnose the condition, treatment options, and care after surgery. It’s estimated that nearly 400,000 Americans have NPH, but only about 11,000 have been properly diagnosed and treated: this guide for sufferers and their families will help return patients to their normal lives.

Where the Wild Books Are Book by Jim Dwyer

Where the Wild Books Are Book
  • Author : Jim Dwyer
  • Publisher : University of Nevada Press
  • Release Date : 2010-04-01
  • Category: Reference
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN Code: 0874178126
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Summary: As interest in environmental issues grows, many writers of fiction have embraced themes that explore the connections between humans and the natural world. Ecologically themed fiction ranges from profound philosophical meditations to action-packed entertainments. Where the Wild Books Are offers an overview of nearly 2,000 works of nature-oriented fiction. The author includes a discussion of the precursors and history of the genre, and of its expansion since the 1970s. He also considers its forms and themes, as well as the subgenres into which it has evolved, such as speculative fiction, ecodefense, animal stories, mysteries, ecofeminist novels, cautionary tales, and others. A brief summary and critical commentary of each title is included. Dwyer’s scope is broad and covers fiction by Native American writers as well as ecofiction from writers around the world. Far more than a mere listing of books, Where the Wild Books Are is a lively introduction to a vast universe of engaging, provocative writing. It can be used to develop book collections or curricula. It also serves as an introduction to one of the most fertile areas of contemporary fiction, presenting books that will offer enjoyable reading and new insights into the vexing environmental questions of our time.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Vol 1 Book by R. Reginald

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Vol 1 Book
  • Author : R. Reginald
  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Release Date : 2010-09
  • Category: Reference
  • Pages : 800
  • ISBN Code: 0941028755
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Summary: Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, A Checklist, 1700-1974, Volume one of Two, contains an Author Index, Title Index, Series Index, Awards Index, and the Ace and Belmont Doubles Index.

The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem Book by Peter Swirski

The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem Book
  • Author : Peter Swirski
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN Code: 0773575073
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Summary: Leading scholars examine the social and cultural significance of technology and science in the work of Stanislaw Lem, the author of Solaris.