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[Obit] Another Master Passes

Stanislaw Lem passed away today in his native Poland. No cause of death is given, other than to point to his advanced age (84).

Even those who aren't familiar with Lem's work such as The Cyberiad (one of my favorite childhood books) or The Star Diaries may still be familiar with his most famous novel, Solaris, which was turned into a movie twice.
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All I ever read of his was We. On the upside, that book prepared me for Ayn Rand's Anthem, and really, only made reading Ayn's book funnier. "Yeah, an individual in a post-apocalyptic pseudoutopia full of feel-good zombies? HA HA yeah, there's a new twist."

Of course, one wonders what Aldous Huxley would have thought of the whole affair...
Wow, I didn't know he'd lived this long.

I never read any of Lem's books, but I knew he wrote Solaris which in Andrei Tarkovsky's film version was one of my early segue-ways into more complex and challenging films. Somehow, I had the idea that since Tarkovsky passed away so many years ago that Lem must have already been gone.