Science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, March 27 Polish writer Stanislaw Lem, one of the most popular science-fiction authors of recent decades to write in a language other than English, died on Monday, March 27, 2006, near Krakow, Poland. He was 84. His works were translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 27 million books. Solaris, his best-known work, was adapted into films by director Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and by Steven Soderbergh in 2002. That version starred George Clooney and Natascha. His first important novel, Hospital of the Transfiguration, was censored by communist authorities for eight years before its release in 1956 amid a thaw after the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Other works include The Invincible, The Cyberiad, His Master's Voice, The Star Diaries, The Futurological Congress and Tales of Prix the Pilot.