learn something new every day… from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaw_Lem
Of Jewish ancestry on his father’s side, he was raised a Roman Catholic and later viewed himself as an atheist “for moral reasons”. After finishing his studies, medical studies at the Jagiellonian University, Lem failed his last exam on purpose because he refused to give answers according to the ideology of Lyssenkoism. This also prevented him from becoming a military doctor. Instead, he had to work as a research assistant in a scientific institution where he started to write stories in his spare time.