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  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780262538459
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 280
  • RRP: $29.99

His Master's Voice



Scientists attempt to decode what may be a message from intelligent beings in outer space.By pure chance, scientists detect a signal from space that may be communication from rational beings. How can people of Earth understand this message, knowing nothing about the senders—even whether or not they exist? Written as the memoir of a mathematician who participates in the government project (code name: His Master's Voice) attempting to decode what seems to be a message from outer space, this classic novel shows scientists grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of reality, the confines of knowledge, the limitations of the human mind, and the ethics of military-sponsored scientific research.

  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780262538459
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 280
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Stanislaw Lem

Stanislaw Lem was a Polish author best known for his 1961 science fiction novel Solaris. He also wrote several other SF works including Eden (1959) and His Master's Voice (1968). Lem's books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold over 45 million copies. He was awarded numerous honours for his writing, including the City of Kraków's Prize in Literature, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. Lem died in 2006, aged 84.

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Praise for His Master's Voice

"Such deadly wit, such deadly playful tightrope walking…a modern European version of Swift or Voltaire.” —Peter S. Beagle, New York Times "The release of these new volumes seems to expand the possibilities of what a university publisher can do." —LitHub "This thorough, intellectual take on a classic hard sci-fi trope is Lem at his best." —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly "Fourteen years after his death, the universe is still struggling to catch up with the vast creative force that was Stanisław Lem. And for my money, it won't be surpassing him anytime soon…Enjoying the genius of Lem requires readerly dexterity and a willingness to go wherever the author takes you…These marvelous, absorbing and often hilarious books make our weary universe seem pale and undistinguished by comparison." —The Washington Post

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