Lemistry: A Celebration of the Work of Stanislaw Lem

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We know Stanislaw Lem, whether or not we consciously know that we do. He may only be recognised in the West as the author of the twice-filmed novel, Solaris, but the influence of his other work is legion. From computer games (The Sims was inspired by one of his short stories), to films (the red and blue pills of The Matrix owe much to his Futurological Congress); from the space comedies of Red Dwarf to the metaphysical satires of Douglas Adams... the presence of this masterly Polish writer can be traced far and wide. Nor was his genius confined to fiction. Lem's essays and pseudo-essays borne out of the military industrial tensions of the Cold War have outlived their original context and speak to the most current developments in virtual reality, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. To celebrate his name, as well as his vision, this anthology brings together writers, critics and scientists who continue to grapple with his concerns. British and Polish novelists join screenwriters, poets, computer engineers, and artists, to celebrate and explore Lem's legacy through short stories and essays - two literary forms that, as Lem knew well, can blend together to create something altogether new. As one of the barriers to Lem's fame was language, this book also features specially commissioned translations: three stories never to have appeared in English before. Lem was always ahead of us. It's time we caught up.

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'An unashamedly intelligent, relentlessly experimental and challenging anthology. Its combination of provocation, entertainment and migraine-inducing paradoxes would be perfectly at home with Lem's finest writing. Highly recommended.' --Interzone Magazine

'Lemistry is an intriguing treat for those of us who enjoy - perhaps a little guiltily - a little fiction in our science, along with science in our fiction.' --LabLit.com

'An engaging celebration of Stanislaw Lem. Those who love his work will find much to admire.' --Publishers Weekly

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Brian Aldiss is one of the most important SF writers working in Britain today. He has published over 75 books, including the novels Hothouse, The Interpreter, The Primal Urge, The Dark Light Years, The Billion Year Spree, The Helliconia Trilogy, Harm and most recently Walcot (2009). His awards include the Hugo (twice), the Nebula, the Prix Jules Verne (Sweden), the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and three BSFA awards. Several of his books, including Frankenstein Unbound, have been adapted for the cinema, and his short story, Supertoys Last All Summer Long , was adapted by Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg and released as the film AI in 2001. He is also a playwright, poet, editor and prolific short story writer. Frank Cottrell Boyce is an award-winning screenwriter and children s novelist. His film credits include Welcome to Sarajevo, Hilary and Jackie, Code 46, 24 Hour Party People and A Cock and Bull Story. In 2004, his debut novel, Millions, won the Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for The Guardian Children s Fiction Award. His second novel, Framed, was published by Macmillan in 2005, and later adapted into a film by the BBC. His third, The Unforgotten Coat, was published this year. Frank also writes for the theatre and was the author of the highly acclaimed BBC film God on Trial. He has previously contributed stories to Comma's anthologies Phobic, The Book of Liverpool, The New Uncanny, When It Changed, and Litmus and is currently working on a full collection. He also wrote the script for the Olympic 2012 opening ceremony with Danny Boyle. Trevor Hoyle has published fiction with John Calder, such as Vail, Blind Needle and The Man Who Travelled on Motorways. In the late 1970s he gained recognition for his Q science fiction trilogy and his novel Earth Cult. His environmental novel The Last Gasp is currently under option in Hollywood, and his latest work, the fictional memoir Down the Figure 7, is set in Lancashire just after the war. He also writes radio drama, winning the Radio Times Drama Award with his play GIGO. His Blake s 7 episode Ultraworld inspired the album The Orb s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. Ian Watson wrote the Screen Story for Steven Spielberg s film A.I. Artificial Intelligence based on 10 months work with Stanley Kubrick the popular Inquisition War trilogy and Space Marine for Games Workshop, and has produced a further 25 novels and 10 story collections of SF, fantasy, and horror, as well as a book of poetry, The Lexicographer s Love Song. Most recently he wrote with Italian surrealist Roberto Quaglia The Beloved of My Beloved (NewCon Press), a transgressive volume of tales that may be the only full-length genre fiction from two authors with different mother tongues, and with Ian Whates he co-edited The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories. In the late 1960s he lived in Tokyo, after completing a research degree in English and French literature at Oxford, and subsequently spent some time in Tanzania, though for the past 30 years he has dwelt in a little village in rural Northamptonshire.

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