Stanislaw Lem was a popular, influential Polish writer best known for Solaris (1961) and The Cyberiad (1974). He also wrote philosophical treatises such as Summa Technologiae (1964). His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, with total sales estimated at some 27 million copies by 2006.
“We are only seeking Man. We have no need for other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is. We are searching for an ideal image of our own world: we go in quest of a planet, of a civilization superior of our own but developed on the basis of a prototype of our primeval past." -Stanislaw Lem, Solaris