Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Stanisław Lem Dies

I am sad to say he died on March 27. Its also sad to hear that the only movie reference in his MSNBC obit was Solaris (2002, by Steven Soderbergh)which was, while not terrible, can not compete with the 1972, by Andrei Tarkovsky, version (though even with this fine version Lem thought it was "Crime and Punishment" in space.) I am sure he will be overlooked and slighted by the rest of mainstream American media. They don't even realize that Dick, Lem, Vonnegut, Asimov, Heinlen, Huxley, and Orwell have in large part forged the world of today by describing our nightmares, nightmares destined to become true becuase we are too stupid to act.


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