Michael Kandel (born 1941) is an American translator and author of science fiction.
Kandel received a doctorate in Slavistics from Indiana University. He is currently an editor at the Modern Language Association. Formerly at Harcourt, he edited (among others) Ursula K. Le Guin's work.
Kandel is perhaps best known for his translations of the works of Stanisław Lem from Polish to English. Recently he has also been translating works of other Polish science fiction authors, such as Jacek Dukaj, Marek Huberath and Andrzej Sapkowski. The quality of his translations is considered to be excellent; his skill is especially notable in the case of Lem's writing, which makes heavy use of wordplay and other difficult-to-translate devices.
- "Virtual Reality" (1993) in Simulations (ed. Karie Jacobson)
- "Ogre" (1994) in Black Thorn, White Rose (ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling)
- "Acolytes" (1997) in The Horns of Elfland (ed. Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Donald G. Keller)
- "Wading River Dogs and More" in Asimov's, May 1998
- "Hooking Up" in Fantasy and Science Fiction, August 1999
- "Time to Go" in Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 2004
- "Enlightenment" in Thrilling Wonder Stories, Summer 2007
- Memoirs Found in a Bathtub (with Christine Rose, 1973)
- The Cyberiad (1974)
- The Futurological Congress (1974)
- The Star Diaries (1976)
- Mortal Engines (1977)
- A Perfect Vacuum (1978)
- His Master's Voice (1983)
- Fiasco (1987)
- Peace on Earth (with Elinor Ford, 1994)
- Highcastle: A Remembrance (1995)
- Who Was David Weiser? (1992) - first translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (1991).
- Moving House and Other Stories (1995) - first translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (1994).
- Nest of Worlds (Restless Books, 2014)
- "Yoo Retoont, Sneogg. Ay Noo" on Words without Borders; in A Polish Book of Monsters (PIASA Books, 2010)
- "Balm of a Long Farewell" on Words without Borders
- On the Road to Babadag (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)
Editor and translator
- Mortal Engines (Seabury, 1977): Stories by Stanisław Lem
- A Polish Book of Monsters: Five Dark Tales from Contemporary Poland (PIASA Books, 2010): Stories by Marek Huberath, Andrzej Sapkowski, Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Andrzej Zimniak, and Jacek Dukaj
- Kathryn Cramer; David G. Hartwell (10 July 2007). The Space Opera Renaissance. Tom Doherty Associates. pp. 823–. ISBN 978-1-4668-0825-6. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- James Morrow; Kathryn Morrow (15 April 2008). The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent. Tom Doherty Associates. pp. 327–. ISBN 978-0-7653-1537-3. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- Kandel, "Being an Editor"
- "A Polish Book of Monsters: About the Translator". Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- Franz Rottensteiner (1999). View from Another Shore. Liverpool University Press. pp. 252–. ISBN 978-0-85323-942-0. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
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