• Title: Solaris
  • Author: Stanisław Lem Joanna Kilmartin Steve Cox
  • ISBN: 9780571311576
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Solaris When Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface he is forced to confront a painful hitherto unconscious memory embodied in the physical likeness of a long de
    When Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface he is forced to confront a painful, hitherto unconscious memory embodied in the physical likeness of a long dead lover Others suffer from the same affliction and speculation rises among scientists that the Solaris ocean may be a massive brain that creates incarnate memories, but itsWhen Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface he is forced to confront a painful, hitherto unconscious memory embodied in the physical likeness of a long dead lover Others suffer from the same affliction and speculation rises among scientists that the Solaris ocean may be a massive brain that creates incarnate memories, but its purpose in doing so remains a mystery .Solaris raises a question that has been at the heart of human experience and literature for centuries can we truly understand the universe around us without first understanding what lies within

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    1. 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 allegory for humanity, a mirror through which we can see ourselves - maybe slightly different-looking, with more (or fewer) appendages, different senses, funny names, different social structures - but still unmistakably human. And so, when we think of aliens as shown in popular literature/ cinematography, 99% of us will [...]

    2. 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 amounts of laundry, work, and MORE WORK, I finally finished this little gem of a book. I am giving it four stars for now, but depending on how I feel after I absorb more of the book, I may bump up the rating. Solaris is beautifully written, and the message behind the book is chilling if not eye-openin [...]

    3. 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 have the exact opposite ordering. Oh well.In my defense, I recall that, when I watched the Tarkovsky version, I looked around at one point and discovered that the people on both sides of me had fallen asleep. As far as I can remember, this is the only time I've ever see it happen.

    4. 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 scientists on the remote planet Solaris seek contact with the lone enormous creature occupying it -- the ocean. All sorts of experiments are tried over a century or more, but the planet and the humans never achieve, at least to the humans' satisfaction, adequate evidence of a measurable intellectual exchang [...]

    5. (I will review this properly after re-read, but I can say that this book was fantastic; I've seen the newer movie - which was good - and will watch the older at some point. Not action-packed, but more pondering kind of a book.)

    6. When I was a kid my dad was obsessed with the idea of UFO’s and alien contact. He made me and my brother watch endless episodes of trashy American documentaries about sightings and abductions. In fact, I sat through so many of these that I started to have nightmares about bug-eyed extra terrestrial beings entering my room at night. I guess that for my dad – who did not have a partner, whose children were emotionally, if not physically, estranged from him, and whose job was not exactly stimul [...]

    7. Who could have thought? Who could have thought of a planet, almost covered by ocean and that the ocean is in reality an organism enveloping the planet? Where the waves are actually muscle contractions of that organism? And that organism can "communicate" to the mind of human beings and has the ability to probe and analyze people's mind and manipulate it innermost secrets (guilt included)? And this can lead human beings to lunacy and commit suicide?I am already at the stage of my life when I alre [...]

    8. Have you ever watched a reputed champion for the first time - a Muhammed Ali, a Michael Schumacher, an Andre Agassi by reputation - and been disappointed? Have you heard so much, been expecting something so great, and then watched the title fighter hit the mat in round three, the pole position driver stall on the second bend or the top seed play a dull match with only tantalizing flashes of the brilliance you’ve heard so much about?That experience is how Solaris felt for me.Solaris has a big r [...]

    9. “Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed.”- Stanislaw Lem, SolarisI'm kinda giddy about both starting and finishing this on June 5, 2012 (Transit of Venus). I figure if I can measure how long it takes me to read this novel in English and French and Polish, I might be able to figure out the exact distance from Solaris [...]

    10. Solaris fut traduit en français en 1964, trois ans seulement après sa publication en Pologne (les tournures de cette traduction sont d'ailleurs assez datées). Le roman de Stanislas Lem devint très tôt un classique du genre, sans doute propulsé par l'adaptation cinématographique de Tarkovsky en 1972 (le grand film de science-fiction soviétique, en réponse sans doute au 2001 de Kubrick / Clarke). Soderbergh proposera une autre version (avec George Clooney) trente ans plus tard.Il s'agit d [...]

    11. It is unfortunate that Lem is labeled as an author of "science fiction", but really only because of what the american traditions for that genre have imprinted on our culture. Solaris is a deeply philosophical look at the notion of "otherness", a meditation on the hard limits at the edges of human cognition, and science's inability to look outside of problems that science can describe. Read this book instead of watching either of the films derived from it. Tarkovsky's Solaris is brilliant for it' [...]

    12. 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 staying power. But I had a hard time getting into it. True, I haven't read much Sci-fi lately. But I'm certainly not a genre snob. I like me some Sci-fi, vintage or otherwise. But the story just felt cumbersome to me. Half of it was an engaging psychological teaser/thriller/mystery, the other half [...]

    13. Although the book was written back in 1960, the last century, I must admit that I did not notice it at all. This book is a timeless masterpiece of science fiction. Everything we know about the universe in the book there is a review, not to speak of the human psyche that the writer brought to the last hidden parts of humanity. The book examines all. At the end of what we know about the universe, only tiny details and the man is not at all aware of what hidden in the vastness of the stars. The who [...]

    14. 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 won [...]

    15. Cuando vuelva a oír a alguien hablar de las limitaciones de la ciencia ficción como género, cogeré un ejemplar de Solaris y se lo lanzaré a la cabeza.

    16. Solaris: Can we communicate with an alien sentient ocean?Originally posted at Fantasy LiteratureSolaris is an amazing little novel with a colorful history. First written in 1961 by Stanislaw Lem in Polish, it was then made into a two-part Russian TV series in 1968, before being made into a feature film by famous Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972. It only reached English publication in 1970 in a Polish-to-French-to-English translation. And just when you thought it had faded from attention [...]

    17. Solaris wasn't very rememberable.I'm not even completely sure what it was about because not a lot of things happened.The book is short (just over 200 pages) but it doesn't feel that way. I had to drag myself through the main character reading endless reports about the planet Solaris. I get it! The planet's weird. Can we move on now? No? FINE, have it you way, Mr. Lem, but you won't get many stars from me on !It probably would have been better had it been a picture book. If you could skip most of [...]

    18. "Nisam znao nista ostajuci u nepokolebljivoj veri da nije proslo vreme okrutnih cuda." "Ono finis vitae sed non amoris." - Kraj života nije i kraj ljubavi (lat.).

    19. “Stazione Solaris. Zero, zero. Atterraggio della capsula compiuto. Fine.”Scoperto 100 anni prima, Solaris è un particolare pianeta che gira attorno a due soli: uno rosso ed uno azzurro. La superficie del pianeta è quasi completamente occupata da uno strano oceano composto, anziché dalla terrestre acqua, da una sostanza gelatinosa e schiumosa che si coagula assumendo bizzarre forme. L'oceano domina l'ambiente tanto da essere riconosciuto come essere intelligente. Un'intelligenza, tuttavia, [...]

    20. Τι εκπληκτικός συνδυασμός φιλοσοφίας και επιστημονικής φαντασίας!!! Ο Σολάρις είναι ένας περίεργος πλανήτης Οι άνθρωποι τον φοβούνται, τον θαυμάζουν, τον λατρεύουν και εν τέλει θέλουν να τον καταστρέψουν. Όμως δεν είναι μόνο αυτό Ο πλανήτης μοιάζει με έναν τεράστιο εγκέφα [...]

    21. I believe that great sci-fi books are never really about the future and always about the very now. So no wonder that Lem doesn’t spend even a sentence drawing a map of the things to come. Despite being set somewhere in distant future or alternate reality, “Solaris” tackles the human condition of today (nevermind if you were reading it in 60s or in 10s) and does it by dealing with the unerasable past as a recurring spine. Like all the gargantuan books (depth, not size), the themes touched h [...]

    22. In our days, it’s quite normal the “a-new-planet-found” story in the news. We almost have a classification system of the “planetary species” that populate the cosmos. They vary in size and composition, in age and orbits, and distance from here-earth; we‘re familiar with the topic. Yet, by 1961 that was not the case. The peculiarity of S. Lem resides in imagining an ocean-planet, a planet-type with intelligent capabilities,messing upexperimenting with humans, stationed there. Humans a [...]

    23. "Typical me, typical meI gave my cargo to the seaI gave the water what it always wanted to be." - Destroyer's Rubies Was the ocean a living creature? It could hardly be doubted any longer by any but lovers of paradox or obstinacy. It was no longer possible to deny the 'psychic' functions of the ocean, no matter how that term might be defined. Certainly it was only too obvious that the ocean had 'noticed' us. This fact alone invalidated that category of Solarist theories which claimed that the oc [...]

    24. After being the victim of constant mockery from friends for never having watched Tarkovsky over the years, I finally decided it was about time. Of course, there's no watching the film without having read the novel first, not in my books. First stop, Solaris. Mixed feelings is what I have about this one, I must admit. At first, I was so hooked, I almost lost my sleep over it. I loved the atmosphere. During the first half, there's this constant, unnerving feeling of dread like the one you get when [...]

    25. La caduta della ragione "Ti prego, fa che il tempo dei miracoli crudeli non sia finito."Alla fine che cosa spinge l'umanità a esplorare se stessa, il suo comportamento in relazione al mondo che abita, il mondo all'interno dell'universo e l'universo in relazione ad altro?La volontà di porsi domande e raggiungere risposte; ampliare sempre di più la conoscenza e spingersi ogni oltre umano limito, fisico o mentale, affinché l'esistenza acquisti significato e non si depauperi nel minaccioso oblio [...]

    26. Δεν βάζω αστεράκια πια στα βιβλία, αλλά κι αν έβαζα μάλλον δε θα μου έφταναν.

    27. Desde siempre había oído hablar de 'Solaris', según muchos, la mejor novela de ciencia ficción no anglosajona que se ha escrito, siendo para muchos otros un absoluto plomazo. Ni tanto ni tan poco, como suele decirse. Ciertamente, era remiso a un primer acercamiento por esta fama de lectura difícil y filosófica, pero el libro se lee bastante bien, aunque es verdad que hay que prestar atención a su lectura. Y es que no estamos ante una novela de aventuras espaciales, sino más bien todo lo [...]

    28. 448. Solaris, Stanislaw LemSolaris is a 1961 philosophical science fiction novel by Polish writer Stanisław Lem. The book centers upon the themes of the nature of human memory, experience and the ultimate inadequacy of communication between human and non-human species. In probing and examining the oceanic surface of the planet Solaris from a hovering research station the human scientists are, in turn, being apparently studied by the sentient planet itself, which probes for and examines the thou [...]

    29. (4,5/5)Los diálogos se me han hecho muy raros y se lo atribuyo a la traducción, aunque lo cierto es que los pasajes descriptivos sonaban muy bien.Fama merecida y precioso final, pero todavía tengo que procesarlo un poco.

    30. Thanks to a smart GR friend, I recently found out that Solaris was made into a movie long before the 2002 George Clooney/Soderburgh release. And it was in 1972 in the Soviet Union! And it gets great reviews over at . (What ever did we do without ?) And if World Cat isn't lying to me, it looks like the library one town south of me has a copy! Well, well, well, a project for 2011.Anyone out there seen it?(Update! March 7, 2011 - I saw the Tarkovskiy adaptation last night. Check out my mini-movie r [...]

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