Еден извадок од книгата: „Мемоари најдени во када“ од Станислав Лем“.. А сеуште има луѓе кои мислат дена научната фантастика не е литературен жанр…„One must tread carefully here! Consider: from earliest times man did little else but assign meanings — to the stones, the skulls, the sun, other people, and the meanings required that he create theories — life after death, totems, cults, all sorts of myths and legends, black bile and yellow bile, love of God and country, being and nothingness — and so it went, the meanings shaped and regulated human life, became its substance, its frame and foundation — but also a fatal limitation and a trap! The meanings, you see, grew obsolete in time, were eventually lost, yet how could the following generations discard their heritage, particularly when so many of their worthy ancestors had been crucified for those nonexistent gods, or had labored so long and mightily over the philosopher’s stone, phlogiston, ectoplasm, the ether? It was considered that this layering of new meanings upon old was a natural, organic process, a semantic evolution — yet observe how a phrase like ‘great discovery’ is bled of sense, devalued, made common coin, until now we give it freely to the latest model of bomb. . . But do have some more cognac.”
And he filled my glass.
“And so,” continued Dolt with a thoughtful smile, adjusting his nose. “Where does this lead us? Demisemiotics! It’s quite simple, really, the taking away of meaning. . .”
“Oh?” I said, then bit my lip, ashamed of my own ignorance. He took no notice.
“Yes, meaning must be disposed of!” he said heatedly. “History has crippled us long enough with its endless explanations, ratiocinations, mystifications! In my work, we do not simply falsify atoms and doctor the stars — we proceed very slowly, methodically, with the utmost care, to deprive everything, absolutely everything, of its meaning.“
Патем, да ве прашам, заошто ми се чини дека има малку Роми левичари?