Stanislaw Lem: A Celebration

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Stanislaw Lem: A Celebration
Date(s) 2011-12-02 at 7PM
Begins 2011-12-02
Ends 2011-12-02
Location(s) Madlab, 36 - 40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN
Participants Annie Clarkson, Wojciech Orliński, Trevor Hoyle
Organizer Comma Press, Polish Cultural Institute in London

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The Eastern Bloc's answer to Philip. K. Dick? The forefather of sci-fi comedy? The inventor of virtual reality, nanotech-warfare, eBooks, The Sims computer game... etc, etc. Stanislaw Lem has many titles, accolades, and credits, but his influence is felt more widely than his name is known.

Friday 2nd December 7pm, Lemistry contributors Annie Clarkson, Trevor Hoyle and Wojciech Orlinski read from their work and discuss Lem's often unrecognised influence within science fiction today.

Lemistry is a celebration of the great Polish writer's legacy featuring previously untranslated work and a host of stories and essays responding to, and influenced by, his visions.

Free, but email to book a place.

Annie Clarkson is a poet and short fiction writer living in Manchester. Her first poetry collection Winter Hands was published by Shadow Train. Her short fiction has been published by Comma (in Brace and Litmus), Flax Books and in various literary magazines.

Trevor Hoyle has published fiction with John Calder, such as Vail, Blind Needle and The Man Who Travelled on Motorways. In the late 1970s he gained recognition for his 'Q' science fiction trilogy and his novel Earth Cult. His environmental novel The Last Gasp is currently under option in Hollywood, and his latest work, the 'fictional memoir' Down the Figure 7, is set in Lancashire just after the war. He also writes radio drama, winning the Radio Times Drama Award for his play GIGO.

Wojciech Orlinski trained as a chemist but has devoted most of his professional life to writing about science fiction, as a journalist, writer and blogger. Since 1997 he has been a regular columnist for Gazeta Wyborcza. He has published science fiction stories and opinion pieces in Nowa Fantastyka, and his books include What Are Sepulki? All About Lem (2010) and America Does Not Exist (2010).

Co-commissioned by the Polish Cultural Institute in London. With support from the Polish Book Institute.