The 3 best books of Stanisław Lem

If there is a singular writer in the science fiction genre, that is Stanislaw Lemm. His use of the most speculative genre as a narrative excuse for a blatant proscription of the philosophical, makes him that cult writer for every lover of this genre.

The biggest like Asimov, Huxley, bradbury, Orwell o Thick they wrote brutal works. Lem did the same with a point of philosophical depth that alienated warmer genre readers and that dazzled lovers of an even more complex hard with Lem's depth.

Because in the end, no other narrative genre is as extensive and indeterminable as CiFi. Under the umbrella of science fiction, all those arguments that require a new prism through which to contemplate the closest or the most remote, the fanciful or the religious, the characteristic of obscurantism or that derived from the extreme lucidity of The science.

And also, why not, science fiction invites philosophy, sociology, to any humanistic field. It may sound pretentious to consider science fiction as the genre of genres. But that's the way it is, without a doubt we are talking about the most fertile space for literary creation. Lem knew that only in the midst of the most developed ramblings or the most detailed musings could he attain that incontrovertible wisdom that is born of imagination combined with intelligence.

Top 3 Recommended Books by Stanislaw Lem


Commenting with a friend, I remember that he told me that reading this novel had undergone a kind of transformation in his thinking, in his way of seeing things. I asked him ironically if he was talking about abduction, but no, the guy was serious.

And, thinking about it coldly, it does not surprise me that reading such a novel can produce a liberating effect for thought, or at least, disconcerting. Because Solaris is a place brought from your best dream and your most pounding.

In Solaris there is hardly anything, only water, but at the same time you can find everything, here and there, on the other side of the mirror where our reality is made up even when we are no longer in it.

Human's worst enemy is fear. And there, in Solaris, any mission is covered with a shadow of doubt that can finally lead you to madness or that, over its disturbing presence, finally teaches you that all the good is there, at the end of a fear that you do not want to go through. . When you come to see through the eyes of Kris Kelvin you understand the magnitude of Solaris and those that its diffuse reality represents.

The Invencible

Philosophy is basically a kind of adventure towards introspection or towards projection, from the innermost to the most distant parts of a universe extended to an infinity unapproachable by our senses.

This novel is that adventure towards the center of the cosmos, that place for which man still does not have the necessary authority and towards which he can only dream of bringing his robots closer together to seek answers that are always lacking in human interpretation. The Invincible star cruiser expedition searches for answers to strange cosmic events.

Its occupants have weapons and artificial intelligence with which they think they can face any stellar contingency on a threatening planet.

As the mystery unfolds, an overwhelming sensation of touching the most substantial thing in order to surrender to the evidence of human limitation leaves, contradictorily, an aftertaste of the need for human civilization to remain locked in its limitations ...

the invincible Lem


In an author as complex as Lem, a good book of stories is always very useful, a volume capable of offering those sparks between philosophy and robotics, between meditation and scientific or any other kind of elucubration.

Cyberíada is the most recommended way to get that introduction into the author's work. And although it is not a set of independent stories, they do put that point and end in each adventure of Trurl and Clapaucio, two very special robots with different missions in a universe retracted to a previous time, to a fantastic medieval space where anything can happen. ...


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