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Summa Technologiae (Electronic Mediations [POL]

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By Stanis aw Lem, Joanna Zylinska (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 440 pages
Other Information: 1 black & white illustration
Published In: United States, 01 January 2014
Language: Polish
The Polish writer Stanislaw Lem is best known to English-speaking readers as the author of the 1961 science fiction novel Solaris, adapted into a meditative film by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and remade in 2002 by Steven Soderbergh. In Summa Technologiae - his major work of nonfiction, first published in 1964 and now available in English for the first time - Lem produced an engaging and caustically logical philosophical treatise about human and nonhuman life in its past, present, and future forms.

About the Author

Stanislaw 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.

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"Summa is a fantasia that follows certain lines of speculative thought as far as Lem can take them. Lem's sober materialism may seem dehumanizing, but he brings back to the frontier a question that has plagued civilization since the beginning, and whose shifting, always insufficient answers have always signaled revolutions in culture: what is it to be human?" --Los Angeles Review of Books "With Summa Technologiae, his masterwork of non-fiction which has been translated into English for the first time, Lem has taken Western civilisation for a spin--with spectacular consequences. " --New Scientist "At the end of the thirteenth century, Thomas Aquinas wrote the Summa Theologiae, an ambitious compendium of all orthodox philosophical and theological knowledge about the world. Seven hundred years later, science fiction author Stanislaw Lem writes his Summa Technologiae, an equally ambitious but unorthodox investigation into the perplexities and enigmas of humanity and its relationship to an equally enigmatic world in which it finds itself embedded. In this work Lem shows us science fiction as a method of inquiry, one that renders the future as tenuous as the past, with a wavering, 'phantomatic' present always at hand." --Eugene Thacker, author of After Life ""Summa" is a fantasia that follows certain lines of speculative thought as far as Lem can take them. Lem s sober materialism may seem dehumanizing, but he brings back to the frontier a question that has plagued civilization since the beginning, and whose shifting, always insufficient answers have always signaled revolutions in culture: what is it to be human?" "Los Angeles Review of Books " "With "Summa Technologiae," his masterwork of non-fiction which has been translated into English for the first time, Lem has taken Western civilisation for a spin with spectacular consequences. " "New Scientist"" "At the end of the thirteenth century, Thomas Aquinas wrote the "Summa Theologiae," an ambitious compendium of all orthodox philosophical and theological knowledge about the world. Seven hundred years later, science fiction author Stanislaw Lem writes his "Summa Technologiae," an equally ambitious but unorthodox investigation into the perplexities and enigmas of humanity and its relationship to an equally enigmatic world in which it finds itself embedded. In this work Lem shows us science fiction as a method of inquiry, one that renders the future as tenuous as the past, with a wavering, phantomatic present always at hand." Eugene Thacker, author of "After Life""

EAN: 9780816675777
ISBN: 0816675775
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 centimetres (0.35 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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