Photo Fiction – 97

“Hi! Yes, I am a robot, and yes, I can read. Fascinating. Reading about the Iron Giant, Star Trek, Star Wars, R.U.R., Robbie the Robot, and my favorite, simply named Robot, in the “Lost in Space” series. I could read about these guys all day! Lucky I found this library in my new home. . .I think it originally belonged to Karel Capek! He wrote about us back in 1920. What a guy! Is that all you want to know? Okay, I’ll just keep reading, if you don’t mind.”


Following info:  wikipedia

Karel Čapek (Czech: [ˈkarɛl ˈtʃapɛk]; 9 January 1890 – 25 December 1938) was a Czech writer of the early 20th century. He had multiple roles throughout his career, including playwright, dramatist, essayist, publisher, literary reviewer, photographer and art critic. Nonetheless, he is best known for his science fiction including his novel War with the Newts and the play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), which introduced the word robot.[1][2] He also wrote many politically charged works dealing with the social turmoil of his time. Largely influenced by American pragmatic liberalism,[3] he campaigned in favor of free expression and utterly despised the rise of both fascism and communism in Europe.[4][5]

Born 9 January 1890

Malé Svatoňovice, Austria-Hungary (today Czech Republic)

Died 25 December 1938 (aged 48)

Prague, Czechoslovakia

Pen name K. Č., B. Č.

Occupation Novelist, dramatist, journalist

Nationality Czech

Alma mater Charles University in Prague

Genre Science fiction, Political satire

Notable works R.U.R

Válka s mloky (War with the Newts)

Bílá nemoc (The White Disease)

Továrna na absolutno (The Absolute at Large)


Notable awards Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (in memoriam)

Spouse Olga Scheinpflugová

Relatives Josef Čapek (brother)

Helena Čapková (sister)
Čapek was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times,[6] but he never won. However, several awards are named after him,[7][8] such as the Karel Čapek Prize, which is awarded every other year by Czech PEN Club for literary work that contributes to reinforcing or maintaining democratic and humanist values in the society.[9] He was also a key figure in the creation of the Czechoslovak PEN Club as a part of the International PEN.[10] He died on the brink of World War II as a result of lifelong medical condition,[11] but his legacy as a literary figure has been well established after the war.[4]

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