Polish science-fiction author Stanislaw Lem, author of The Cyberiad, Solaris and His Master’s Voice, died on March 27. His ashes have been buried in the Salwatorski Cemetery in Krakow.
Link to a short article on Candada.com, here.
Born in 1921 in Poland, Lem began training as a medical student in Krakow in 1946. Afterwards, he worked in a science lab and took up writing on the side.
His 1961 novel Solaris was made into a film by Andrei Tartovsky in 1972 (and remade, with the addition of George Clooney, by Steven Soderbergh in 2002).
According to Wikipedia,
“[Lem] wrote about human technological progress and the problem of human existence in a world where technology development makes biological human impulses obsolete or dangerous. He became increasingly critical of modern technology in his later life, criticizing inventions such as the Internet.”
I wonder how he would have felt about the news of his death making BoingBoing.
In a small but uncanny coincidence, just last night (in yet another agitated search for reading material), I pulled Lem’s diminutive book One Human Minute off of my roommate’s over-stuffed shelves, and opened it up. I had never heard of Lem before, let alone known that he died last week. My roommate believes that my selection indicates “a serious disturbance in the force.”