Current News

Current News

The great writer Stanislaw Lem is dead!

The great writer Stanislaw Lem is dead!

3/28/2006 7:32:37 AM

Stanislaw Lem was born in Lvov, Poland in 1921 into a Polish-Jewish family. His father was a laryngologist and Lem studied medicine at the Lvov Medical Institute before WWII. He survived the Nazi occupation and completed his medical studies at Jagellonian University, Krakow, without taking the doctor's degree. His work at the Konserwatorium Naukoznawcze as a research assistant for Dr. Choynowski, became a turning point in Lem's life. He started writing Sci-Fi since 1946, but his first serious novel "Hospital of the Transfiguration" was censored for eight years. It was released only in 1956, when freedom of speech was earned after the "Polish October" popular uprising.

Meanwhile Lem married a doctor instead of being one, and continued writing his increasingly unusual novels "The Investigation", "Eden", "Return from the Stars". The 60s and 70s were productive for Lem, with "Solaris", "The Invincible", "The Cyberiad", "His Master's Voice", "The Star Diaries", "The Futurological Congress", "Tales of Prix the Pilot". His gift of a visionary materialized in "Summa Technologiae" (1964), which is tackling problems of virtual reality. Lem's "Katar" (1975) predicts international terrorism, and "Observations on the Spot" (1982) shows absurdity of a conflict between two civilizations.

"Solaris" is the best known work of Stanislaw Lem. It was adapted into films by director Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and by director Steven Soderbergh in 2002, starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone. Planet Solaris is inhabited by one Plasma Ocean organism with eerie ability to materialize the astronaut's thoughts by recreating his dead wife and virtually bringing the dead back to life. Obsolete biological human impulses are shown in a stark contrast with the magnitude of the ocean-size organism. Lem's imagination and talent for creation of alternative reality challenges the limits of human knowledge. His books sold 27 million copies in 40 languages.



Today is PETKOVDEN (St. Petka Feastday)
Name day of everyone named Paraskeva, Petko, Petyo, Petka, Petkana, Penka, Pencho.
Today is World Smile Day
Today is World Smile Day
10/5/2018 9:10:00 AM
As is Harvey Ballwell known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963.
POKROV BOGORODICHEN (Holy Protection of Mother of God)
Pokrov, as the feast HOLY PROTECTION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD is popular in BG, is a Slavonic term meaning “veil” or “mantle”, signifying protection. This feast today is primarily observed by the Eastern Slavic Churches - Catholic and Orthodox.
International Technical Fair Plovdiv 2018 begins
Over 550 companies from 35 countries are taking part at this year’s Technical Fair in Plovdiv
September 22nd - Independence Day
September 22nd - Independence Day
9/22/2018 8:00:00 AM
September 22nd, 1908, Bulgarian Knjaz Ferdinand declared the Independence of Bulgaria in the former capital of Bulgaria.
Back to school
Back to school
9/17/2018 9:00:00 AM
School opening day in Bulgaria
VYARA, NADEZHDA and LYUBOV (Faith, Hope and Love) and their mother SOPHIA
Name day of everyone named Vyara, Vera, Veronika, Nadezhda, Nadya, Lyuben, Lyubomir, Lyuba, Sophia, Sofka, Sevda.
KRUSTOVDEN (The Holy Cross Day)
KRUSTOVDEN (The Holy Cross Day)
9/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Krustina, Krustyo, Krustan, Kancho, Stavri.
 Theater festival "Scene at Crossroads" opens today
The 22th international theater festival "Scene at Crossroads" opens today
Anniversary in our history: in 924 AD the BG Tsar Simeon I the Great and the Byzantine Emperor Romanos I Lekapenos agreed on a temporary peace
In 924 AD the BG Tsar Simeon I the Great and the Byzantine Emperor Romanos I Lekapenos agreed on a temporary peace ouside the walls of Constantinople.