Stanislaw Lem:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Stanislaw Lem (b. 1921) is a Polish writer known for his satiric, philosophical and science fictional works. His studies of medicine were interrupted by WWII; he worked as a car mechanic and welder, and was a member of the resistance against the Nazis. Highly critical of American pulp sci-fi literature, he considers his own work to be more mainstream literature. His books have sold over 27 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages, making him one of the most widely read sf authors.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Pocket Receiver
An early visualization of the smartphone.

The Magellanic Cloud (1955)

Product Prescription
A file that can be used to reproduce an object.

The Magellanic Cloud (1955)

Pseudo-Insects (Synsects)
A swarm of self-guided, programmed microarmies.

One Human Minute (1984)

Sky Ceiling - long before Hogwarts
Ceilings that consist of large screens, on which are presented images of the sky.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Smart Dust - intelligent sand
Very tiny computers.

The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age (1965)

Spray-On Clothing - dresses in a can
Body coverings from a spray can.

Return from the Stars (1961)

Trion Library
An early visualization of the Internet.

The Magellanic Cloud (1955)

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