Books: Sci-Phi

IMAGINARY MAGNITUDE by Stanislaw Lem Translated by Marc E. Heine Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 248 pages; $15.95

Many readers are ashamed to admit that they could not or did not finish a book. These unfortunates may take comfort from the latest flight into the cosmos of science philosophy (or sci-phi) made by Polish Fabulist Stanislaw Lem. It seems that the day is coming when publishing will proliferate past the vanishing point; individual volumes will be obsolete before they reach the binders, and turning pages will be a literal waste of time. "Are we not threatened...

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