Monday, March 27, 2006

Yet More on Stanislaw Lem (from Warren Ellis)

Via Warren Ellis:
In 1974, Philip K Dick began to inform on his sf colleagues, accusing them of being part of a Communist conspiracy — led by Stanislaw Lem, his great admirer — to kidnap him. Typically, although he mailed some of these letters to the FBI (they were ignored), he put others in a trashcan behind his house, assuming that whomever was watching him would deliver them… (one letter is preserved here)

(Also: “The honorary voting of Stanislaw Lem to membership is the sheep voting the wolf a place at the communal hearth,” Dick warned Science Fiction Writers of America members in ‘75. “They certainly must be licking their chops back in Krakow right now.”)
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