The Visionary Sci-Fi World of Lem

The Visionary Sci-Fi World of Lem P. A. Ney/TFN

Often described as a prophet and visionary, world-renowned Sci-Fi writer and futurologist Stanisław Lem is the world’s most often translated Polish writer, whose book Solaris was perhaps his internationally best known work, twice made into a film, most recently directed by Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney in the starring role. His recognition is such that it was recently announced that European Space Agency astronauts travelling on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will honour Lem in space as part of their six-month mission.

With 2021 named in Poland as the year of Sci-Fi writer Stanisław Lem, who would have turned 100 this year, Heart of Poland’s Patrick Ney spoke to Szymon Kloska, curator of the Lem 2021 programme at the Kraków Festival Office about a fascinating man and the dozens of events being organised in his honour this year, including flagship project, Planet Lem.