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Forum in English / 'Maska' - a short film adaptation by the Quay Brothers
« dnia: Styczeń 24, 2011, 08:21:52 pm »
Wow... this looks absolutely amazing. You can watch the trailer at Twitch. I wonder if the voice-over is a reading of the original text.


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Forum in English / Michael Kandel, the Author
« dnia: Maj 05, 2008, 04:12:07 pm »
How are his own sci-fi novels?
Can you recommend any of them?

That's it.  ;)

Cheers,
Nicolai

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Forum in English / A Mixed Bag of Questions
« dnia: Maj 05, 2008, 04:01:48 pm »
Hi there.

Sorry about the rather pathetic subject heading but I simply wasn't sure what to name it and this was the only thing that came to mind right now (haven't had enough coffee yet  ;)).

First of all, can someone please tell me if there are any forthcoming new editions, reprints, translations etc. of Lem's books (in English)?
My particular reason for asking this question is that I've noticed that especially Star Diaries and Mortal Engines (the paperback) seem to be almost OOP.
I asked The Book Depository (wonderful store) if they would have them back on stock soon.
This is their reply:
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I am afraid that we are currently unable to advise as to when new stock will be available. Our stocks are dependent upon those of our suppliers and at present, no information regarding this title is available.
Particularly the last bit caught my attention: '... at present, no information regarding this title is available.'
Darn! (I originally wrote 'D*a*m*n!' (without the *') but apparently for some strange reason it was changed into 'Darn!'  ;D)
Does anyone know the website of Harvest Books and/or Harcourt Publishers (are they part of the same company)?

It seems that Northwestern University Press has taken over the rights to the following titles (and already published them):
A Perfect Vacuum: http://nupress.northwestern.edu/title.cfm?ISBN=0-8101-1733-9
The Chain of Chance: http://nupress.northwestern.edu/title.cfm?ISBN=0-8101-1730-4
His Master's Voice: http://nupress.northwestern.edu/title.cfm?ISBN=0-8101-1731-2
Memoirs of a Space Traveller: http://nupress.northwestern.edu/title.cfm?ISBN=0-8101-1732-0
besides of course having published Peter Swirski's A Stanislaw Lem Reader: http://nupress.northwestern.edu/title.cfm?ISBN=0-8101-1495-X
Therefore I'm wondering if there are any forthcoming releases planned... I'll write and ask them.  ;)

Well, let me just very briefly introduce myself. I am a HUGE admirer of the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. Therefore I was given Lem's Solaris a few years ago but haven't read it yet (too much time, too many excuses). However, upon discovering that it hasn't been translated into English directly from the original text I felt it wouldn't be right for me to read this as my first book by Lem. Therefore I recently purchased The Cyberiad which I'm currently reading. And it's marvellous!  :)

Okay, boring - guess you've heard it all before. Next question.  ;)

Are Daniel Mroz' wonderful drawings by any chance included in the Andre Deutsch Ltd/Harcourt editions of Mortal Engines? I haven't been able to find out as I live in Denmark and therefore can't just waltz into the nearest bookstore and check it out for myself. And the sample pages at amazon.com do not show any of the drawings but of course they might still be included.
So?  :)

And what did Mr Lem think of these drawings?
Can they be purchased as posters anywhere?

Aaaaand-I-was-wondering-if-anyone-can-comment (breathing heavily - short pause) on the translations of Roadside Picnic and Monday Starts on Saturday by the Strugatsky brothers. Have both titles been translated directly from the original Russian text?
(which I have come to understand that Hard to be a God hasn't!!!  >:( ( http://www.complete-review.com/quarterly/vol4/issue4/doubletX.htm#top )
- and, apparently, regarding Prisoners of Power: 'The English translation is based on the censored version of the novel, as the original version was unavailable to the translator.' (wikipedia) And people claim we are living in the 21st century. Hmpf!  >:()

Are the translations of the first two titles (mentioned above) of a high standard? And who translated them?

Okay, that's it. Sorry about the amount of questions. Don't reply unless you REALLY feel like it.  ;)
Any answers - even those that simply add to the confusion of a labouring mind - will be greatly appreciated.

Plenty of more questions to come. Stupid as well as (hopefully) a few good ones. Please be patient and forgive me. I'm just a newbie.  :D

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