Here are notes/issues/thoughts I took from the articles:
The Future of an Illusion: Capitalism is causing the demise of science fiction, so that novels are more trashy and lack a moral basis; this cycle will continue and progressively become worse.
Aliens Among Us: Capek has a clear line of development that can be attributed to his experiences (such as Nazism, capitalism); this was a well reasoned and understandable article until the end, in which it states that Capek was the most “American,” which I found confusing.
Russian SF and Its Utopian Tradition: I thought this was a good article to sum up the history of Russian SF, just as the H.G. Wells one provided a nice overview of his work.
Phillip Dick: A Visionary Among the Charlatans: So I understand that PKD is creating original narratives and such, but why is Lem so obsessed with just him? Haven’t others made creative stories? I don’t have any grasp of this genre, but it seems as though there have to be other authors in the “trashy” SF who are creative.
About the Strugatskys Roadside Picnic: Lem makes a very convincing argument for this interpretation of Roadside Picnic, and I wish I had read the story so that I could engage more with this text.
Society After Revolution: This article details what was expected to arise from a communist revolution, and it is really interesting to see the parallels between these expectations and the utopian SF works.
Varieties of the Utopian: I found the graph at the end to be the most useful section of the article.
The Unknowability Thesis: This article outlined many of the things that we discussed in class about Solaris and it was interesting to compare it to The Invincible (this comparison might be useful for anyone using Solaris for their longer paper)
Science Fiction, A Hopeless Case – with Exceptions: Lem seems to be making the same points over and over again; he seems to attribute all the problems of SF to the readers, but I believe that they are probably stuck in this “vicious circle” he describes just as much as the authors are. It is important to consider whether one would rather have these trashy novels or no SF, but it seems as though they will continue to be produced whether Lem likes it or not.