Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sad News

Stanislaw Lem dies. His science fiction writing always held deep philosophical themes, and he left over a fascinating body of work.

I first read his short Story "The Extraordinary Hotel, or the Thousand and First Journey of Ion the Quiet" many years ago is an odd obscure book Stories About Sets. Then Dennett and Hofstadter anthologized some stuff in their The Mind's I from his Cyberiad.

Any anthology on fiction and mathematics, or science fiction and philosophy will have stories of his. His famous work "Solaris" is in a number of collections. His novels are also good, as as I recently discovered. The world lost a brilliant author.

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