Google Doodle for Stanislaw Lem

What do you get when you put Poland, science fiction and Google together? Today’s Google doodle!

Google has gone science fiction today with an elaborate doodle celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Polish writer, Stanislaw Lem and his first science fiction book – The Astronauts.

A Polish science fiction writer and poet of 1940s-1960s, Lem was born in Lwow, Ukraine (then part of Poland) in 1921. He studied medicine at the University of Krakow and wrote 17 science fiction and philosophy books between 1956 and 1968 after the success of the Astronauts in 1961. His best known books include Solaris, The Cyberiad, His Master’s Voice and Fiasco. Solaris was made into a film in 1972 and won a prize at the Cannes Festival and was re-made by Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney in 2002.

Google Doodle - Stanislaw Lem Anniversary
Google Doodle - Stanislaw Lem Anniversary

We’ve been trying to collect the various robot body parts on Google …. we’ve done well on the maths (well took us a couple goes) and the oscilloscope (ditto), now we’re trying the cannon too! Go and see all the robot action for yourself in Google.

Give it a go and tell us how you did 🙂

See the video here:

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