MIT Press to publish novels by Stanisław Lem

The publishing house of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Press, will publish six titles by Poland’s preeminent science fiction writer, Stanisław Lem (1921–2006).

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Lem is most famous for his science fiction works, such as “Solaris”, which was adapted to screen by Steven Soderbergh, with George Clooney starring in the main role. Lem has been compared to such writers as Philip K. Dick, Octavia Butler, and Samuel Delany.

Lem is also known as a philosopher, satirist and a shrewd observer and commentator of societal and technological progress.

Some of the books to be published by MIT Press include “His Master’s Voice” (1968), “Highcastle: A Remembrance” (1966), “Return from the Stars” (1961), and a very early, partly autobiographical work, "The Hospital of the Transfiguration", which draws on the author's experiences as a medical student. Written in 1948, it was suppressed by Polish censors and not published until 1955. The censorship of this realist novel is partly what led Lem to focus on science fiction and nonfiction for the rest of his career.

The new editions of the books will feature the distinctive art of Przemek Dębowski, created for Lem’s collected works by his Polish publisher Wydawnictwo Literackie.