Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

How is Stanisaw Lem’s medical background expressed in his fiction?

How does living in former Eastern Bloc countries affect Lem’s writing?

Similarities have been suggested between Lem’s work and that of H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gregory Benford. Do you agree or disagree, and why?

Does Lem’s work differ significantly from other Eastern Bloc science-fiction writers, such as Boris and Arkady Strugatsky or Yevgeny Zamyatin?

How is religion portrayed in Lem’s fiction, if at all?