Monday, March 27, 2006

Stanislaw Lem

The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem died yesterday. A short news report from AP. I haven't read any of his books but Solaris, the Russian film directed by Tarkovsky which was based on his book, is one of my all time favourites. Will try to get the book sometime.

A great article on his life and work.

His official site looks great too.


anurag said...

I was reading about Solaris (the movie) today and found out Tarkovsky liked it least of the movies he directed.

Alok said...

:) I didn't know that.

I think it is the most emotionally charged of all his films with the least amount of show-offy spiritual-talk.

Cheshire Cat said...

I've only read one book of Lem's - "Cyberiad" - and that's a must-read.

Great to see a post acknowledging Lem. I suspect some people with inclinations to literature may resist Lem because he was a writer of "science fiction"; that would be a grave mistake.

Alok said...

thanks for the suggestion Cat!

I am going to get one of these books asap!