Stanisław Lem Essay - Stanisław Lem Long Fiction Analysis

Stanislaw Lem

Stanisław Lem Long Fiction Analysis

Stanisaw Lem compared the efforts of the first writers of science fiction (primarily Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Olaf Stapledon) to the exploration of terra incognita. They had enormous room to maneuver because the field had only recently opened up and was still empty of both writers and books. The situation was similar to that in Poland and other Eastern European countries in 1945, and it was also, in large part, a continuation of the literature of exploration of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. This was largely a European literature, and one of its major preoccupations was the New World of the Americas, although it also dealt with the other non-European continents. France, Spain, England—all...

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