During the time when humanistic philosophy defined the conceptual structures of experience, offering a vocabulary latent with its own values, Robert Scholes' question as to the value of fiction would likely be interpreted as, "which kind of fiction is most useful in the Socratic quest to understand our lives? Before posing this question, in his book, Structural Fabulation, Robert Scholes describes the cul de sac of much contemporary writing, which makes this question unavoidable. On one hand New Journalism revels in narcissism. On the other, the New Novel originates from phenomenology and is appropriately called anti-fiction.
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Come, every frustrum longs to be a cone, And every vector dreams of matrices. Hark to the gentle gradient of the breeze It whispers of a more ergodic zone. In Riemann, Hilbert or in Banach space Let superscripts and subscripts go their ways.
Our asymptotes no longer out of phase, We shall encounter, counting, face to face. I'll grant thee random access to my heart, Thou'lt tell me all the constants of thy love; And so we two shall all love's lemmas prove, And in our bound partition never part.
For what did Cauchy know, or Christoffel, Or Fourier, or any Boole or Euler, Wielding their compasses, their pens and rulers, Of thy supernal sinusoidal spell? Cancel me not--for what then shall remain? Abscissas, some mantissas, modules, modes, A root or two, a torus and a node: The inverse of my verse, a null domain.
Ellipse of bliss, converge, O lips divine! The product of our scalars is defined! Cyberiad draws nigh, and the skew mind Cuts capers like a happy haversine. I see the eigenvalue in thine eye, I hear the tender tensor in thy sigh. Laserstrahl wird mich zu Staub zerreiben. Du klass transfinita! Vem om din storhet kan tvista? Oreducerbara kontinuum! Ursystem vita! Vieni; ad esser cono ciascuna retta agogna, e le matrici ogni vettore sogna.
Della brezza il gradiente tu rimira, A zone ergodiche ci attira. Nel sistema di equazioni che tu usi sotto la stessa graffa sarem chuisi. Una radice, una mantissa come intero, un'ascissa, un sol centro, un asse o tre, l'inverso dei miei versi, a somma zero. Beate ellissi convergete, o labbra divine!
Le Ciberiadi ormai sono vicine, la mente trema sotto il loro impatto. O transfinale classe! Un ciberneta joven potencia extremas Estudiaba, y grupos unimodulares De Ciberias, en largas tardes estivales, Sin vivir del Amor grandes teoremas. Olvido a Christoffel, a Stokes arranco De mi ser.
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A master of science fiction—and more
Stanislaw Lem is a Polish writer of science fiction in both traditional and original modes. Seven of his books have been published here since , mostly by The Seabury Press, in small printings, and his reputation has been slow in developing. Elsewhere in the world his books sell in the millions, and he is regarded as a giant not only of science fiction but also of Eastern European literature—as well he should be. Lem is both a polymath and a virtuoso storyteller and stylist.
The main protagonists of the series are Trurl and Klapaucius, the "constructors". The vast majority of characters are either robots or intelligent machines. The stories focus on problems of the individual and society, as well as on the vain search for human happiness through technological means. Two of these stories were included in the book The Mind's I. The whole series was published in the Polish collection Cyberiada by Wydawnictwo Literackie and also included stories published previously elsewhere. Polish title: Siedem wypraw Trurla i Klapaucjusza All these stories were first published in the Polish collection Cyberiada by Wydawnictwo Literackie. Trurl and Klapaucius are brilliant robotic engineers, called "constructors" because they can construct practically anything at will , capable of almost God-like exploits.