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- DescriptionThe Polish writer Stanislaw Lem is best kwn to English-speaking readers as the author of the 1961 science fiction vel Solaris, adapted into a meditative film by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and remade in 2002 by Steven Soderbergh. Throughout his writings, comprising dozens of science fiction vels and short stories, Lem offered deeply philosophical and bitingly satirical reflections on the limitations of both science and humanity.In Summa Techlogiae his major work of nfiction, first published in 1964 and w available in English for the first time Lem produced an engaging and caustically logical philosophical treatise about human and nhuman life in its past, present, and future forms. After five decades Summa Techlogiae has lost ne of its intellectual or critical significance. Indeed, many of Lem s conjectures about future techlogies have w come true: from artificial intelligence, bionics, and natechlogy to the dangers of information overload, the concept underlying Internet search engines, and the idea of virtual reality. More important for its continued relevance, however, is Lem s rigorous investigation into the parallel development of biological and technical evolution and his conclusion that techlogy will outlive humanity.Preceding Richard Dawkins s understanding of evolution as a blind watchmaker by more than two decades, Lem posits evolution as opportunistic, shortsighted, extravagant, and illogical. Strikingly original and still timely, Summa Techlogiae resonates with a wide range of contemporary debates about information and new media, the life sciences, and the emerging relationship between techlogy and humanity.
- Author BiographyStanislaw Lem (1921 2006) was the best-known science fiction author writing outside the English language. His books have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold more than 27 million copies worldwide.Joanna Zylinska is professor of new media and communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of Bioethics in the Age of New Media and The Ethics of Cultural Studies.
- Author(s)Stanislaw Lem
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2014
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Series TitleElectronic Mediations
- Place of PublicationMinnesota
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Note1 black & white illustration
- Weight590 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Translated byJoanna Zylinska
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