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Karel Čapek

Czechoslovakia (1890 - 1938)

Best known for his play R.U.R. -- (Rossum's Universal Robots). The mechanical robot (a term coined by Čapek from the Czech word "robota" meaning drudgery) opened up a whole new world of Science Fiction, as well as adding a word to the English Language.

Karel Čapek is widely considered the greatest Czech author of the first half of the twentieth century. A novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and essayist, he was a strong dissident voice during the period of fascist buildup in Europe between the World Wars. He wrote a number of satires, as well as the utopian fantasy novel War with the Newts. He died in 1938.
Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by Karel Čapek
Short stories
The Dog's Tale
System (1908) (with Josef Čapek)
The Absolute at Large [short story] (1927)

Books about Karel Čapek
Karel Capek (1998) by Bohuslava R Bradbrook