Stanislaw Lems Summa Technologiae in English for the first time in 50 Years

I know there are some people from english speaking countries reading this thing here and this is a recommendation that really comes from my heart. Stanislaw Lems Summa Technologiae is available in English for the first time since (nearly) 50 Years! I read this monster more than twenty years ago, then again and then again and it totally blew my mind, every single time – actually it is one of the reasons, why this blog is what it is.

Imagine scientific Futurism combined with Electronics, Engineering and that Lemian Weirdness, that only he could achieve. Kevin Kelly on Steroids right from the dawn of the space age. Read this, it's totally and highly recommended. Yes, it is indeed that good.

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. The book will be a fabulous shock to those who know only his science fiction, such as Solaris or The Cyberiad. Others will have caught tantalising glimpses of Summa, published in 1964, in a few essays. Diehards may even have read it in translation, notably German or Russian. […]

Summa is not for the faint-hearted. Starting with a title that pastiches Thomas Aquinas's 13th-century Summa Theologiae, Lem sets out to replace god with reason. Zylinska's introduction lays out the map. Is the phenomenon that is humanity typical or exceptional in the universe? Does plagiarising nature count as fraud? Do we need consciousness for human agency? Should we trust our thoughts or perceptions? Are we controlling technology – or vice versa?

It is amazing how much Lem got right, or even predicted. This ranges across artificial intelligence, the theory of search engines (he called it "ariadnology"), bionics, virtual reality ("phantomatics"), technological singularity and nanotechnology.

American Scientist: A brilliant trip back to the technological future – Stanislaw Lem's forgotten masterwork Summa Technologiae, now in English half a century after publication, is a heady mix of prescience, philosophy and irony

Amazon.com: Summa Technologiae (Electronic Mediations)

Ready Player One – Trailer

Erster Trailer zu Stephen Spielbergs Verfilmung von Ernest Clines Ready Player One, das Buch hatte ich damals hier reviewed. So…

The Philosophy of the Weird and the Eerie

Right now I'm reading more books at once than should be healthy for me. Two of them are Mark Fishers…

Blade Runner 2049 – Neuer Trailer

Neuer Blade Runner 2049-Trailer mit jeder Menge neuer Bilder: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new…

Oats Studios - Volume 1 - Zygote

Der dritte Kurzfilms aus Neil Blomkamps Oats-Experiment: Zygote erzählt die Story von zwei Marines auf der Flucht in einem Militärkomplex,…

Animation-Checklist for 20000 Leagues under the Sea

Tolles Artefakt aus der Produktion von Disneys 1954er Verne-Verfilmung 20000 Meilen unter dem Meer (mein allererster Kino-Film übrigens). Cory auf…

Oats Studios - Volume 1 - Firebase

Halbe Stunde Monster-Vietnam-Action von Neil Blomkamp, so ein bisschen wie eine Verfilmung einer alten EC-Comics-Story mit Zombie-Soldaten, weirden UFO-Flammenwerfern, Space-Time-Soldiers…

Podcasts: Deutschland 2071, Ambrose Bierce, die Freimaurer und 20 Jahre OK Computer

Zwei handvoll Podcasts und Hörspiele, die ich in der letzten Woche weggehört habe oder grade weghöre, unter anderem mit 'nem…

Charlie Brooker writes Black Mirror Books now

Charlie Brooker gibt jetzt auch Black Mirror-Bücher heraus, eine Kurzgeschichten-Anthologie verschiedener SciFi-Autoren – ob Brooker selbst ebenfalls Stories beisteuern wird,…

Neil Blomkamps Rakka feat. Sigourney Weaver

Neil Blomkamp hat den ersten Kurzfilm Rakka (feat. Sigourney Weaver) seiner Oats Studios online gestellt, hier der Plot: „RAKKA is…

Podcasts: Anton LaVeys Satanismus, wie die Götter auf die Welt kamen und die Freiheit der Ungläubigen

Jede Menge Podcasts und Hörspiele, die ich in den letzten Wochen gehört habe, unter anderem Hörspiele über Anton LaVeys Satanismus…

Eating Infinite Jest

Eat it, David! „Comedian Jamie Loftus celebrates one year of eating Infinite Jest.“ (via MeFi) Here's her announcement from a…