Orthofer over at the Literary Saloon points out that Stanislaw Lem’s Summa Techologiae is being published in English for the first time. Hell, yes. I probably was dimly been aware of this, but it’s hard to keep track of this stuff when one is an easily distracted flake. The new excitement overwhelms any memory of anticipation.
This winter I tried filling in a few more missing pieces of Lem’s work in my library. One of the books was A Stanislaw Lem Reader. (Thank you, Peter Swirski and Northwestern University Press.) It was amazing work, but as Orthofer points out, some of Lem’s ideas now come across as a bit dated. But also like him, I’m still in awe of Lem. That was one hell of a mind.
(Also, I’m embarrassed to admit that Philip K. Dick’s Exegenesis has been on my shelf for over a year, and I stalled out pretty early, despite some conscientious returns to pick through it. )