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In this bold and controversial examination of the past, present, and future of science fiction, Lem informs the raging debate over the literary merit of the genre with ten arch, incisive, provocative essays. Edited and with an Introduction by Franz Rottensteiner. Translated by Rottensteiner and others. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on
ISBN: 9780544080157
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    Occasionally Lem reverts to Latin expressions to make his point clearer - thus making me feel a little stupid for not understanding at all. Occasionally Lem makes me believe that some of what we call "science fiction" is not genre fiction at all, but simply something that gets lumped in with all the true genre fiction. Occasionally, Lem speaks so passionately that I feel the need to go further with my own studies.Scratch that last one - there's no "occasionally" about it. Bizarrely, I'd never actually read Philip K. Dick before I came across his name again and again in Lem's critical treatise, and it was the Polish maestro that drove me back to the library to look up everything I could.At times "Microworlds" is a difficult book - it has to be, considering its nature as literate criticism, a guide to the world of science fiction. It is rewarding, provided you invest the time and effort.more

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    Occasionally Lem reverts to Latin expressions to make his point clearer - thus making me feel a little stupid for not understanding at all. Occasionally Lem makes me believe that some of what we call "science fiction" is not genre fiction at all, but simply something that gets lumped in with all the true genre fiction. Occasionally, Lem speaks so passionately that I feel the need to go further with my own studies.Scratch that last one - there's no "occasionally" about it. Bizarrely, I'd never actually read Philip K. Dick before I came across his name again and again in Lem's critical treatise, and it was the Polish maestro that drove me back to the library to look up everything I could.At times "Microworlds" is a difficult book - it has to be, considering its nature as literate criticism, a guide to the world of science fiction. It is rewarding, provided you invest the time and effort.more
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