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By Peter Swirski

A sequence of interviews and demanding dialogues with the overdue Stanislaw Lem whose writings were translated into over forty languages and feature offered over 35 million copies. when you purely understand him as a novelist, A Stanislaw Lem Reader is a superb creation to Lem's philosophy, clinical hypothesis, literary feedback, and social thought, whereas ultimate completely obtainable to readers strange with any of his works.

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This is a typical kind of behavior, especially in the United States. It is ubiquitous; witness the recent de facto suspension of further exploration of the moon, Mars, and outer space. Both houses of Congress determinedly refuse to fund these programs. It is kind of strange, since there is so much valuable research involved in the space program, and even more so considering Kennedy's spectacular success. If in less than ten years he put the Americans on the moon, people could be walking on Mars in fifteen if only proper funding could be secured.

The toughest challenge would be to achieve a simulation of weightlessness. This is one thing which we could not achieve in any other way than in free fall, but it would be difficult (if not impossible) to dress some fellow in a special sensorized suit and throw him down from a great height, so that he could experience free fall -- not to say anything about taking him up into orbit. To generalize, there are situations which occur in the real world that at the present moment we are not capable of transforming into a phantomatic experience, with the understanding, of course, that we can never exclude the possibility that future changes and improvements may allow it.

This is one thing which we could not achieve in any other way than in free fall, but it would be difficult (if not impossible) to dress some fellow in a special sensorized suit and throw him down from a great height, so that he could experience free fall -- not to say anything about taking him up into orbit. To generalize, there are situations which occur in the real world that at the present moment we are not capable of transforming into a phantomatic experience, with the understanding, of course, that we can never exclude the possibility that future changes and improvements may allow it.

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