Solaris

Solaris

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A classic work of science fiction by renowned Polish novelist and satirist Stanislaw Lem.

When Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface, he finds a painful, hitherto unconscious memory embodied in the living physical likeness of a long-dead lover. Others examining the planet, Kelvin learns, are plagued with their own repressed and newly corporeal memories. The Solaris ocean may be a massive brain that creates these incarnate memories, though its purpose in doing so is unknown, forcing the scientists to shift the focus of their quest and wonder if they can truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within their hearts.

Title:Solaris
Edition Language:English
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    Solaris Reviews

  • Nataliya

    2012 first read: Many sci-fi authors think that they write about aliens. The truth is, they really don't. Instead, they essentially write about humans. Most sci-fi aliens are little more than an alleg...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I rate books based on my enjoyment and while this was an very interesting take on the whole "alien/first contact" I can't say I had a lot of fun reading it.I do recommend it if you love that premise a...

  • Lisa

    "We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is." Bizarrely, being on a stran...

  • Vit Babenco

    I consider Solaris by Stanisław Lem to be one of the key works in science fiction of the twentieth century…Simultaneously I noticed the violet-flushed furrows of the ocean, which betrayed a faint m...

  • Manny

    I'm afraid I'm a philistine. I liked the Soderberg remake of the movie most, then the book, and last the original Tarkovsky movie. If you're cultured and sophisticated, I think that you're supposed to...

  • Bill Kerwin

    The premise of Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris (1961) is not unusual: on a small isolated planetary research station, scientists exploring the nature of alien life begin to suspect they are being threatened...

  • Patrick

    I've been meaning to read this for a while, and bought the book years ago because I know Lem is one of the greats of SF. Plus, I figured if they made a movie out of it, the story had to have some good...

  • William2

    This is the classic gothic horror haunted house story revisited with an SF twist. It's a testament to the obtuseness of mankind, particularly unemotional, Cold-War era, scientific man. Three scientis...

  • Kay

    11/11/11 Update: Reflected on it a bit more, and bumped up the rating to 5 stars. Darn those coercive, psychic ocean mind waves!**Despite work, an appalling lack of sleep, work, life, work, copious am...

  •  ?Iruna?

    What I did expect before starting this classic work of science fiction: 🏴Developing boredom over the sci-fi stuff🏴 A yawning session because 💅🏻classics💅🏻🏴 A ruthless attack of sev...