Editorial Reviews. Review. “I suspect,” intones one of Lem’s supposed reviewers, “that there A Perfect Vacuum 1st Edition, Kindle Edition. by. In a perfect vacuum, Stanislaw Lem presents a collection of book reviews of nonexistent works of literature – works that, in many cases, could not possibly be . Like the Perfect Vacuum of the title, the books that seem to be reviewed in this book do not exist. neither, in an odd way, does “Lem” as a reviewer; in the first.

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It starts, innocently enough, by saying that she was not on the train, and then gradually proceeds to reveal that the train didn’t exist, and neither did she. Lem, as the reviewer, vavuum the monumental moral and ethical dilemmas of those sentient creatures’ creators.

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The second and lesser group consists mostly of convoluted examinations of apparently absurd logical, moral, and scientific propositions: A book entirely about other books, none of which are real. Despite my stinginess with top ratings here’s the second one in just one week!

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Lem packages a collections of fake book reviews of nonexistent books, written in a delightful broad array of styles and voices. I left with no desire to read or read about any of these fictional books, save for Rien du Tout and The New Cosmogony — and the latter, I’d already 3. May 29, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: Lem also “reviews” several fictitious books that adapt the themes and plotlines of old classics to modern settings, which in the real world is the type of literary reinvention that is often slavishly over-praised by academic analysts – dtanislaw Lem’s satire necessary in stannislaw all these eggheads back down to Earth.


But it must be admitted that much Western SF still possesses a pulp-fiction aspect, and at least some of its many readers may believe that’s all there is or needs to be. The Discovery of the Future. Consider how the matter lies. On a similar note, in the review of fictitious Gigamesh Lem provides delicious satire on literary criticism that indulges in looking for non-existent references: Mariner Books; First edition April 20, Language: Common terms and phrases able Acheropoulos ADAN antinovel become begins believe Benedykt Kouska Bertrand billion birth body called centillion chance chapter civilization Coscat cosmic Cosmogony course court created creation creative Creator culture Dinaric Alps Dobb Duc de Rohan entire erector set existence fact faith father feel Fersengeld Game geniuses Gigamesh Gruppenfiihrer Hamuras hand Hannahan human idea idiot Klopper lady language literature living logic Louis XVI machine Maesch mathematics matter means merely million years B.

Lem exposes the limits of postmodern fiction, showing how its studious self-consciousness frequently conceals intellectual paucity.

Yet you can meet an endless number of SF fans who don’t know his work and even find best-SF-books lists from seemingly respectable sources that don’t include anything by him. English translation Original Language: Those are so subtle, profound and full of conclusions that one can not understand them anymore.

View all 11 comments. See if you have enough points for this item. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. A Perfect Vacuum by Stanislaw Lem – 3 stars. For example, in The New CosmogenyLem lays out a theory for the structuring of the universe via previous civilzations arising from a protouniverse, and that the laws of physics themselves are the creations of these socities!


Not much humor here that worked for me, and almost the entire collection was a tedious read – I even skipped one story entirely after a few paragraphs. Refresh and try again. A contemporary reader, on the other hand, may easily make a connection to the current situation when it seems that about half of all people are unable to distinguish the artificial reality of TV shows from the actual reality.

Return to Book Page. Now about my three favorite pieces. When you finish this book your imagination will have expanded exponentially.

Stanislaw Lem – A Perfect Vacuum

Trivia About A Perfect Vacuum. Both anthologies are a treat. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Lem writes with a Vonnegutian goofiness, a palpable delight in his ideas. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Perycalypsis Gian Carlo Spallanzani: A collection of “book reviews” of books which never really existed. He is perhaps best known as the vacuuk of Solariswhich has twice been made into a feature film.

The reason was that I wanted to refresh my memory of the story “Non Serviam,” which I had first encountered in the 90s, as research for something I was considering writing.