Title: Lemistry launch
Description: Stanislaw Lem: A Celebration With readings and talks from Annie Clarkson, Trevor Hoyle and Wojciech Orlisnki, plus others tbc.
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
A Celebration, with readings and talks from Annie Clarkson, Trevor Hoyle and Wojciech Orlisnki, plus others tbc.
The Eastern Bloc’s answer to Philip K Dick? The forefather of sci-fi comedy? Alleged inventor of virtual reality, nanotech-warfare, eBooks, The Sims computer game… etc, etc. Stanislaw Lem has many titles, accolades and credits, but his influence is felt more widely than his name is known. Tonight sees the Manchester launch of Lemistry – a celebration of the great Polish writer’s legacy featuring previously untranslated work and a host of stories and essays responding to, and influenced by, his visions.
A Celebration of the Work of Stanislaw Lem
Edited by Ra Page and Magda Raczynsk
STANISLAW LEM, BRIAN ALDISS, FRANK COTTRELL BOYCE, ANNIE CLARKSON, DR. SARAH DAVIES, JACEK DUKAJ, PROF. STEVE FURBER, TREVOR HOYLE, PROF. HOD LIPSON, TOBY LITT, ANTONIA LLOYD-JONES, ADAM MAREK, MIKE NELSON, SEAN O’BRIEN, WOJCIECH ORLINSKI, ADAM ROBERTS, ANDY SAWYER, SARAH SCHOFIELD, DANUSIA STOK, PIOTR SZULKIN, and IAN WATSON.
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.
More information here.
This event has been made possible by the support and co-commissioning of the Polish Cultural Institute.