By Peter Swirski
A sequence of interviews and demanding dialogues with the overdue Stanislaw Lem whose writings were translated into over forty languages and feature offered over 35 million copies. in case you simply understand him as a novelist, A Stanislaw Lem Reader is a superb creation to Lem's philosophy, medical hypothesis, literary feedback, and social conception, whereas last completely available to readers unusual with any of his works.
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At the same time, one must accept theories which, strange as they may sometimes sound, have been confirmed experimentally. I must confess that in the domain of philosophy I consider myself to be a layman since I never studied it in a systematic way. Why? Wittgenstein wrote once that many of the problems posed by physics only appear as such because of the bottleneck formed by our language. For this reason he did not consider them to be real problems but only apparent ones (I suppose one consequence of that is the subsequent popularity of philosophy of language).
The reason , if I can put it this way, is simply because it would be awkward for me to get into my bed of creation wearing heavy boots of realism. Solaris is about love and the mysterious ocean, and that is what is important about it. As to how the protagonist actually got to the planet, I pretend that I do not know. For literature the highest court of appeal, the tribunal of rights and faults, is literature itself. It is as if you were to ask a poet why he bothers to rhyme his lines instead of writing in blank or free verse.
Personally I always felt that anything of such a nature would be spurious. I have accomplished my task, created a solid piece of work, and any further additions or complications would be unwarranted. I am not Alexandre Dumas who wrote The Three Musketeers and then happily followed it with Twenty Years After. Let me give you a concrete example. When our dog died of old age, we could not bring ourselves to have another of the same breed. In strictly rational terms this is probably quite difficult to explain, and yet a living being is something else than a broken glass that can be simply replaced with another.