Peter Swirski is Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis; Honorary Professor in the Center for American Studies at Jinan University, China, and member of the executive council of the International American Studies Association (IASA) and of the Dimic Research Institute for Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. His research spans modern American literature, history, and culture. He is also recognized internationally as the leading Stanislaw Lem scholar. His books are: A Stanislaw Lem Reader (1997); Between Literature and Science: Poe and Lem (2000); From Lowbrow to Nobrow (2005); The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem (2006), All Roads Lead to the American City (2007); Of Literature and Knowledge (2007); I Sing the Body Politic (2009); Literature, Analytically Speaking (2010); Ars Americana, Ars Politica (2010); Lem: Polemics and Dilemmas (forthcoming). See also www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_5934.html for more information. He can be contacted at [email protected].