An Interview With Stanislaw Lern / Peter Engel Researched and conducted in collaboration with John Sigda. Since he began writing science fiction almost forty years ago, Stanislaw Lern has been taking on man, the mind, and the universe, often courageously, always alone. In that time he has churned out novels, plays, short stories, screenplays, pieces of literary criticism, sociological essays and volumes on the science of cybernetics and the philosophy of chance. During World War II, as a Polish medical student, he watched his comrades pass their exams and become lifelong army surgeons. He refused to give the false answers required by Soviet biology and failed his exams, sacrificing a career in medicine. Following the war he joined other writers in championing socialism, but because he tried to advance the cause using arguments taken from cybernetics, a field banned as a "false capitalist science," much of his writing waited years to be published. By the time he achieved a critical and popular following as a Utopian writer he had become disenchanted with socialism, and the awards he received were for political beliefs left behind years before. But the prizes kept coming: the Cracow City Literary Award, the Culture,
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1984
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