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Jacek Dukaj


Jacek Dukaj, born in 1974, is the most distinguished Polish science-fiction writer of today, widely considered a successor of Stanisław Lem. He studied philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. The Europe­an Literary Award, which he won in 2009, shows that the merit of his work transcends a narrowly defined genre. His short stories have been translated into English, German, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Slovakian, Ukrainian.

He is known for the complexity of his books, and it is often said that a single short story of Dukaj contains more ideas than many other writers put into their books in their lifetime. Popular themes in his works include technological singularity, nanotechnolo­gy and virtual reality, and thus his books often can be classified as hard science fiction. Among his favorite writers is Australian writer Greg Egan, and Dukaj's books bear some resemblance to Egan's, or to the likes of Neal Stephenson's, although his stylistic brio makes him as much a "literary" as a "hard science fiction" writer – allowing comparisons with the books of Thomas Pynchon or David Mitchell.