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LemographyStanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World$
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Peter Swirski and Waclaw M. Osadnik

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381205

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.001.0001

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Problems and Dilemmas

Problems and Dilemmas

Lem’s Golem XIV

(p.140) 7. Problems and Dilemmas

Victor Yaznevich


This chapter documents the genesis of arguably Stanislaw Lem’s most grandiose intellectual undertaking. Having taken him more than ten years to complete, the plotless and heroless ‘narrative’ metafiction of Golem XIV features several lectures delivered by a supercomputer intellect in the form of a fourteenth-binasty machine with an IQ of 600. The chapter proceeds to examine the critical—even skeptical—reception of this one-of-a-kind ‘fiction’.

Keywords:   Stanislaw Lem, Golem XIV, metafiction, supercomputer, plotless, heroless

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