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11th May '16 12:46:47 AM Morgenthaler
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Jacek Dukaj (born 30 July 1974) is a Polish novelist, mainly associated with {{Science Fiction}} genre. His works explore philosophical themes by building vast, complicated fictional worlds based on certain worldviews (e.g. the philosophy of Aristotle). This results in each of his books being nothing like previous ones, as physical, political, social and linguistic aspects of the world change with each work. Like {{Stanislaw Lem}} (who is often cited as one of Dukaj's inspirations), he frequently invents new words to describe beings and ideas from different realities. His books are notable for overwhelming the reader with many unexplained concepts and neologisms, thus presenting the fictional world as a riddle to solve. Dukaj's favourite topics include space exploration, aliens, transhumanism, parallel worlds, alternate history, cybernetics, virtual realities and scientific progress.

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Jacek Dukaj (born 30 July 1974) is a Polish novelist, mainly associated with {{Science Fiction}} genre. His works explore philosophical themes by building vast, complicated fictional worlds based on certain worldviews (e.g. the philosophy of Aristotle). This results in each of his books being nothing like previous ones, as physical, political, social and linguistic aspects of the world change with each work. Like {{Stanislaw Lem}} Creator/StanislawLem (who is often cited as one of Dukaj's inspirations), he frequently invents new words to describe beings and ideas from different realities. His books are notable for overwhelming the reader with many unexplained concepts and neologisms, thus presenting the fictional world as a riddle to solve. Dukaj's favourite topics include space exploration, aliens, transhumanism, parallel worlds, alternate history, cybernetics, virtual realities and scientific progress.
9th Oct '15 3:55:18 AM Sagbata
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* GenreAdultery: ''The Crowe'' is a dark fairytale with a child protagonist, which stands out among Dukaj's adult-centered, hard SF works.
3rd Jun '15 6:07:45 AM Sagbata
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* AGodAmI: famous words spoken by [[spoiler: Benedykt Gierosławski at the very end of ''Ice'']] are basically this.

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* AGodAmI: famous words spoken by [[spoiler: Benedykt Gierosławski at the very end of ''Ice'']] are basically this.



* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Young Adam agrees to sacrifice his magical storytelling powers in order to get his father back.]]

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* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Young Adam agrees to sacrifice his magical storytelling powers in order to get his father back.back in ''The Crowe''.]]



* DisappearedDad: Gierosławski's father in ''Ice''. Finding him is one of the protagonist's main quests.

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* DisappearedDad: Gierosławski's father in ''Ice''. Finding him is one of the protagonist's main quests.goals.



* EveryoneIsASuspect: on the Trans-Siberian Express.

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* EveryoneIsASuspect: on the Trans-Siberian Express.Express in ''Ice''.



* FleshGolem: mad scientist called Piegnar tried to create those in ''Ice''. [[spoiler: Apparently, he succeeded as flesh golems attack Benedykt Gierosławski shortly before he meets his father.]]

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* FleshGolem: mad scientist called Piegnar tried tries to create those in ''Ice''. [[spoiler: Apparently, he succeeded as flesh golems attack Benedykt Gierosławski shortly before he meets with his father.]]



* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: several in short story collection ''In The Land Of Infidels''.

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* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: several in short story collection ''In The Land Of Infidels''.Unbelievers''.



* RandomNumberGod: probability and unpredictability are amongst the most popular of Dukajís themes.

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* RandomNumberGod: probability and unpredictability are amongst the most popular one of Dukajís favourite themes.



* SelfServingMemory: ''Ice'' argues that every memory is like that: the memories are altered, created or deleted to fit our present state of mind.

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* SelfServingMemory: ''Ice'' argues that every memory is like that: the our memories are altered, created or deleted to fit our present state of mind.
3rd Jun '15 5:04:04 AM Sagbata
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* WoundThatWillNotHeal: King of Pain in one of the short stories suffers from a specific brain mutation that causes constant, neverending pain.

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* WoundThatWillNotHeal: King of Pain in one of the short stories suffers from a specific brain mutation that causes constant, neverending pain.
3rd Jun '15 5:02:49 AM Sagbata
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''An Ideal Imperfection'' was supposed to be part one of a trilogy, but the author has since lost interest and moved on to different projects. There is also a chapter from ''Black Oceans'' that was posted online as a teaser - but this chapter is nowhere to be found in the published book.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''An Ideal Imperfection'' was supposed to be part one of a trilogy, but the author has since lost interest and moved on to different other projects. There is also a chapter from ''Black Oceans'' that was posted online as a teaser - but this chapter is nowhere to be found in the published book.
23rd May '15 8:26:35 AM Sagbata
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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: [[spoiler:Adam Zamoyski]] in ''Perfect Imperfection''.

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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: [[spoiler:Adam Zamoyski]] in ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection''.



* PercussiveMaintenance: hilariously, the ''default'' method of interacting with one of the computers in ''Perfect Imperfection''.

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* PercussiveMaintenance: hilariously, the ''default'' method of interacting with one of the computers in ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection''.
23rd May '15 7:37:17 AM Sagbata
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Jacek Dukaj (born 30 July 1974) is a Polish novelist, mainly associated with {{Science Fiction}} genre. His works explore philosophical themes by building vast, complicated fictional worlds based on certain worldviews (e.g. the philosophy of Aristotle). This results in each of his books being nothing like previous ones, as the physical, political, social and linguistic aspects of the world change with each work. Like {{Stanislaw Lem}} (who is often cited as one of Dukaj's inspirations), he frequently invents new words to describe beings and ideas from different realities. His books are notable for overwhelming the reader with many unexplained new concepts and neologisms, thus presenting the fictional world as a riddle to solve. DUkaj's favourite topics include space exploration, aliens, transhumanism, parallel worlds, alternate history, cybernetics, virtual realities and scientific progress.

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Jacek Dukaj (born 30 July 1974) is a Polish novelist, mainly associated with {{Science Fiction}} genre. His works explore philosophical themes by building vast, complicated fictional worlds based on certain worldviews (e.g. the philosophy of Aristotle). This results in each of his books being nothing like previous ones, as the physical, political, social and linguistic aspects of the world change with each work. Like {{Stanislaw Lem}} (who is often cited as one of Dukaj's inspirations), he frequently invents new words to describe beings and ideas from different realities. His books are notable for overwhelming the reader with many unexplained new concepts and neologisms, thus presenting the fictional world as a riddle to solve. DUkaj's Dukaj's favourite topics include space exploration, aliens, transhumanism, parallel worlds, alternate history, cybernetics, virtual realities and scientific progress.



Dukajís works are yet to be fully translated to English, but if youíre curious, you can try him out [[http://www.dukaj.pl/en/ here]].

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Dukajís works are yet to be fully translated to English, into English (as of 2015, ''The Old Axolotl'' is his only novel published in both Polish and English), but if youíre curious, you can try him out read more [[http://www.dukaj.pl/en/ here]].
23rd May '15 7:33:24 AM Sagbata
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Jacek Dukaj (born 30 July 1974) is a Polish novelist, mainly associated with {{Science Fiction}} genre. His works explore philosophical themes by building vast, complicated fictional worlds based on certain worldviews (e.g. the philosophy of Aristotle). This results in each of his books being nothing like previous ones, as the physical, political, social and linguistic aspects of the world change with each work. Like {{Stanislaw Lem}} (who is often cited as one of Dukaj's inspirations), he frequently invents new words to describe beings and ideas from different realities. His favourite topics include space exploration, aliens, transhumanism, parallel worlds, alternate history, cybernetics, virtual realities and scientific progress.

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Jacek Dukaj (born 30 July 1974) is a Polish novelist, mainly associated with {{Science Fiction}} genre. His works explore philosophical themes by building vast, complicated fictional worlds based on certain worldviews (e.g. the philosophy of Aristotle). This results in each of his books being nothing like previous ones, as the physical, political, social and linguistic aspects of the world change with each work. Like {{Stanislaw Lem}} (who is often cited as one of Dukaj's inspirations), he frequently invents new words to describe beings and ideas from different realities. His books are notable for overwhelming the reader with many unexplained new concepts and neologisms, thus presenting the fictional world as a riddle to solve. DUkaj's favourite topics include space exploration, aliens, transhumanism, parallel worlds, alternate history, cybernetics, virtual realities and scientific progress.



* RasputinTheMadMonk: appears near the end of "Ice" [[spoiler:and is killed by the main character (which uderstandably takes a little while).]]

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* RasputinTheMadMonk: appears near the end of "Ice" in ''Ice'' [[spoiler:and is killed by the main character (which uderstandably takes a little while).]]
23rd May '15 7:20:10 AM Sagbata
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Jacek Dukaj (born 30 July 1974) is a Polish novelist, mainly associated with {{Science Fiction}}. His works explore philosophical themes by building vast, complicated fictional worlds based on certain worldviews (e.g. the philosophy of Aristotle) and showing their real-life consequences. This results in each of his books being nothing like previous ones, as the physical, political, social and linguistic aspects of the world change with each work. Like {{Stanislaw Lem}} (who is often cited as one of Dukaj's inspirations), he frequently invents new words to describe beings and ideas from different realities. His stories often explore the consequences of standard SF tropes from religious point of view.

His protagonists often struggle with their identity, typically (but not universally) starting as weak or broken, but slowly gaining strength and rising as powerful leaders, sometimes reaching {{A God Am I}} status. Many of them are or become {{Transhuman}} of technological kind (while some others, of the magical kind).

Dukajís works are yet to be fully translated to English, but if youíre curious, you can try him out [[http://dukaj.pl/English/ReadingRoom here]].

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Jacek Dukaj (born 30 July 1974) is a Polish novelist, mainly associated with {{Science Fiction}}.Fiction}} genre. His works explore philosophical themes by building vast, complicated fictional worlds based on certain worldviews (e.g. the philosophy of Aristotle) and showing their real-life consequences.Aristotle). This results in each of his books being nothing like previous ones, as the physical, political, social and linguistic aspects of the world change with each work. Like {{Stanislaw Lem}} (who is often cited as one of Dukaj's inspirations), he frequently invents new words to describe beings and ideas from different realities. His stories often explore the consequences of standard SF tropes from religious point of view.

favourite topics include space exploration, aliens, transhumanism, parallel worlds, alternate history, cybernetics, virtual realities and scientific progress.

His protagonists often struggle with their identity, typically (but not universally) starting as weak or broken, but slowly gaining strength and rising as powerful leaders, sometimes reaching {{A God Am I}} status. Many of them are or become {{Transhuman}} of technological kind (while some others, of the magical kind).

{{Transhuman}}.

Dukajís works are yet to be fully translated to English, but if youíre curious, you can try him out [[http://dukaj.pl/English/ReadingRoom [[http://www.dukaj.pl/en/ here]].
23rd May '15 4:34:21 AM Sagbata
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* ''In the Land of the Unfaithful'' (2000)

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* ''In the Land of the Unfaithful'' Unbelievers'' (2000)



* ''Perfect Imperfection'' (2004)

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* ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection'' (2004)



* ''The Crowman'' (2009)

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* ''The Crowman'' Crowe'' (2009)





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\n* ''The Old Axolotl'' (2015)




* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: many of Dukaj's protagonists. Special mention goes to [[spoiler:Adam Zamoyski from ''Perfect Imperfection''.]]

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: many of Dukaj's protagonists. Special mention goes to [[spoiler:Adam Zamoyski from ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection''.]]



* CityNoir: arguably, the nameless city in ''Wroniec'' (''The Crowman'') after the eponymous bird takes over.

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* CityNoir: arguably, the nameless city in ''Wroniec'' (''The Crowman'') Crowe'') after the eponymous bird takes over.



** ''Perfect Imperfection'' begins with a character assassinated twice in a row. Afterwards he appreciates the artfulness of the assassination method.
* DemocracyIsBad: in ''Perfect Imperfection'' Adam Zamoyski argues that democracy is against the laws of physics - people are not born equal and those who are stronger and more intelligent will always rule over others.

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** ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection'' begins with a character assassinated twice in a row. Afterwards he appreciates the artfulness of the assassination method.
* DemocracyIsBad: in ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection'' Adam Zamoyski argues that democracy is against the laws of physics - people are not born equal and those who are stronger and more intelligent will always rule over others.



* EverythingIsOnline: in ''Black Oceans'', quite literally. Also in ''Perfect Imperfection'', to the point that the fact that characters suddenly find themselves ''offline'' becomes a plot point.

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* EverythingIsOnline: in ''Black Oceans'', quite literally. Also in ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection'', to the point that the fact that characters suddenly find themselves ''offline'' becomes a plot point.



* FracturedFairyTale: ''The Crowman''.

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* FracturedFairyTale: ''The Crowman''.Crowe''.



* HumanPopsicle: using slightly different technology:[[spoiler:Adam Zamoyski]] in ''Perfect Imperfection''.

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* HumanPopsicle: using slightly different technology:[[spoiler:Adam Zamoyski]] in ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection''.



* MechanicalEvolution: found in ''Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość'' (''Perfect Imperfection'') in form of terryfying Wars: {{Pocket Dimension}}s full of ever-evolving killing machines.

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* MechanicalEvolution: found in ''Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość'' (''Perfect (''An Ideal Imperfection'') in form of terryfying Wars: {{Pocket Dimension}}s full of ever-evolving killing machines.



* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: slowly becoming reality in short story ''Line of Resistance''.

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* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: slowly becoming reality in short story ''Line ''The Line of Resistance''.



* ResurrectionSickness: experienced by [[spoiler:Angelika]] in ''Perfect Imperfection''.

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* ResurrectionSickness: experienced by [[spoiler:Angelika]] in ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection''.



* TheSingularity: the protagonist of ''Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość'' (''Perfect Imperfection'') lives in a world after one. This is probably the most notable case, there also are many others.

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* TheSingularity: the protagonist of ''Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość'' (''Perfect (''An Ideal Imperfection'') lives in a world after one. This is probably the most notable case, there also are many others.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Perfect Imperfection'' was supposed to be part one of a trilogy, but the author has since lost interest and moved on to different projects. There is also a chapter from ''Black Oceans'' that was posted online as a teaser - but this chapter is nowhere to be found in the published book.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Perfect ''An Ideal Imperfection'' was supposed to be part one of a trilogy, but the author has since lost interest and moved on to different projects. There is also a chapter from ''Black Oceans'' that was posted online as a teaser - but this chapter is nowhere to be found in the published book.
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