Stanisław Lem

One of Europe’s greatest theoretical information technology scientists and Science-Fiction authors (Solaris) passed away today at the age of 84 (via Heise Online [de]).

 

Stanislaw Lem‘s fiction is extraordinary because it was never driven by humongous futuristic machinery or descriptions of gigantic space battles, but always focused on the psychological challenges of a humanity pushing forward technological progress without developing the ability to actually understand it’s fundamental laws.

 

The world is a little emptier without him. I shall go read some books again sometime.

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