• Solaris
  • Solaris
  • Solaris
ISBN: 0156027607
EAN13: 9780156027601
Language: English
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 7.95" L x 5.28" W
Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A fantastic book. Steven Soderbergh

When psychologist Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface, he finds himself confronting a painful memory embodied in the physical likeness of a past lover. Kelvin learns that he is not alone in this and that other crews examining the planet are plagued with their own repressed and newly real memories. Could it be, as Solaris scientists speculate, that the ocean may be a massive neural center creating these memories, for a reason no one can identify?

Long considered a classic, Solaris asks the question: Can we understand the universe around us without first understanding what lies within?

A novel that makes you reevaluate the nature of intelligence itself. Anne McCaffrey

Stanislaw Lem (1921 2006) is the author of many works bearing the broad label of science fiction and others ranging in genre and style from satire to philosophy. Lem s books have been translated into forty-one languages and have sold over forty-five million copies.

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   Will "first contact" be bilateral or unilateral?
The choice offered to the characters in this story is not merely deciding which definition of truth is closest to the truth, but whether or not the truth is knowable.
   Among my favorite books, sci-fi or otherwise
Smart, challenging in its overarching premise, and beautifully developed into a livable environment-breathing and pulsing much like the planet named in the book, developed into a passionate and witty hybrid of memoir and science fiction. Even having seen the film first, I did not spoil my experience reading this outstanding story.
   Thought Provoking
The book poses deep questions about humanity, our egocentric view of the universe and about our openness to new life in the galaxy. As the protagonist struggles with the most painful loss of his life, the mysterious planet and it's life form bring that relationship to life.
   Mind bending!
Solaris is a great read, but not an easy one, for everybody.
   Amazing book, amazing translation.
I've known about the book and seen the Soderbergh film when it came out, Morgenthau said. Even in supposedly melodramatic settings, Lem is incredibly skillful at producing emotion. The French translation is also very good. Not too, and it doesn't merely try to convey meaning, but injects everything with humanity, even the parts that to a modern reader might seem incredibly old-fashioned. Both film and book adaptations are well done. If you enjoyed one of the books, you're likely to enjoy the other.
Liked this, said Blair Drummond, "and I'll have to go with the flow." It doesn't have the same emotions of the 2002 film, but I think it's great. Brand new York has a great reputation for quality products and services.
   So very not good.
Imagine, one said, what a dump would look like if somebody had dumped all the information on your hard drive. A plot that doesn't resolve. A mystery solved. No wonder Marvel's superheroes are so rare. A scientific endeavor that is completely pointless. Now you've imagined this book and don't have to read it, you're welcome.
   First contact at its finest
Just have to read this, Mr. Rule told the judge. Wittgenstein says that if we could talk to a lion, we would not know what to say to him.
   Much much better than the Clooney movie
And, if you think that anthropomorphism is a bad thing, you're wrong. Very satisfying in many ways, but frustratingly overdone in the historical aspects. It's also how Lem could invent so much and yet force a ship to carry such a hefty load of books. New York: HarperCollins, the world's No. 1 publisher of children's books, has expanded the scope of its business. Tape measure 8 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.
I picked it up again a few months later, but this time I had to go through the whole thing again. I thought maybe I was a little bit off-kilter, he said.