Borges: Influence and References

Stanislaw Lem

From: Pablo R. Mora, pmora@wam.umd.edu

Another example may be Stanislaw Lem. His book Perfect Vacuum is a critique of imaginary books, is inspired in Borges, as explicitly acknowledged in the introduction. The last two pieces are some of the most "Borgesian" stuff not written by Borges that I have ever seen. Also interesting is a clever but exceedingly harsh analysis of Borges's work in Microworlds, a collection of essays about fantasy & SF.

From: Greg Cardin, carden@simplecom.net

Another book possibly influenced by Borges is Stanislaw Lem's Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, which is sort of a blend of "Babylon Lottery" and "Library of Babel," with a twist of Kafka, Novalis, near mystical paranoia, and a somewhat Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Cat's Cradle sci-fi style. My favorite Lem book.

From: Christos Tsatsoulis, ctsats@hotmail.com

I think that the very idea in Solaris can be seen, in a first manifestation, in Borges' "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius." I am talking about the "hrönir." The visiting creatures in Solaris are nothing else but "alive" hrönir....

Additional Information

Lem Scriptorium Page -- The Libyrinth runs a page about Lem at the Scriptorium.

Lem Bookstore -- Here you may order books by and about Lem from Amazon.com.


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