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Eden. Roman einer außerirdischen Zivilisation

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,177 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Aufgrund eines Berechnungsfehlers bohrt sich das Raumschiff der Erdenbewohner in die Oberfläche des Planeten Eden. Dort treffen sie auf seltsame Doppelwesen und erfahren von Tyrannei und Unterdrückung. Sollen sie versuchen, die Bewohner von Eden zu befreien?
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Published September 2003 by Langen Müller (first published 1959)
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V Mignon
Science-fiction is a difficult genre to map out. At an earlier time, perhaps the term dictated certain ideas that we now identify as "old school" science-fiction: rockets shooting off to space, alien contact that was often, especially in the 1950's, paralleled with communism scares, exploring the universe in search of unknown planets. It seems like a paradox to force those words together by hyphen: science-fiction. For one part is set in stone, movable if only in the realm of theories. The other ...more
Damian Murphy
Brilliant and disturbing. Lem's theme with this book (as with Solaris, Fiasco, His Master's Voice and others) is the complete lack of understanding or commonality between human and alien intelligence. Six astronauts crash on an alien planet about which very little is known. They're forced to search for resources in order to survive and repair their ship (and are quite naturally eager to explore the strange planet, at first). Every encounter with the remnants of the alien civilization, and with t ...more
Kitap hakkındaki görüşlerim için kurgu-bilim'e beklerim:
Kitap hakkında ufak bir tanıtım yazısı:
Interesting take on what first contact with aliens might actually be like - the sheer incomprehensibility of something completely out of the human norm. A human ship accidentally crashes on a little-studied planet and tries to piece together the inhabitant's civilization from their own observations, knowing that the human point of view might not apply.

Lem's writing is a little simplistic (perhaps due to translation), but he creates a fantastic world populated with incredible creatures and improb
Emre Ergin
Dünyalı olmayan bir gezegeni tasvirdeki ısrar, bizi de Aden'e ziyaretçi kılıyor. Uygun kelime arayışı uygun kelimelerin olamayacağı hatırlatmaları ile birlikte içimizin yabancı diyarlarına götürüyor bizi, çünkü hiçbir zaman yabancı bir gezegene ayak basmadık. Ama ruhumuzda milyonda bir uğradığımız, hep orada olduğunu bildiğimiz ama hiçbir zaman gerçek bellemediğimiz ülkeler var. En uzağı, en aykırıyı büyük bir samimiyetle anlatma çabası, en yakına evriliyor böyle böyle. Muazzam bir hayalgücü, şa ...more
Susan Budd
This is the second book I read by Lem. The first was The Futurological Congress ~ a work of comic genius: a brilliant combination of sci fi, philosophy, and witty word-play.

Eden has none of the humor or word-play of The Futurological Congress. Its philosophy consists of speculations about the nature of an alien species and its civilization as well as the recognition that none of their hypotheses may be correct, that the aliens might be incomprehensible to them.

I had difficulty following some o
Dimitrije Cvetkovic
Eden is the third book by Stanislaw Lem that I've read, after Solaris and Fiasco. In each of these three, Lem explores the subject of human failure to connect with extraterrestrial life forms (mostly as a consequence of anthropocentrism).
Here, he tells a story about six nameless astronomers (except for one) labeled only by their profession - the Coordinator, the Engineer, the Physicist, the Chemist, the Doctor, and the Cybernetic - stranded on an unknown planet, trying to comprehend its nature,
Plamen Nenchev
Eden is a beautiful and highly disturbing tale of first contact with alien intelligence. The novel has unfortunately been disregarded and overlooked throughout the years in favour of its more famous "sibling" – Solaris. The topic is a recurring one in Stanislaw Lem's universe; contact with an alien intelligence is ultimately doomed from the start. Humans and aliens are so different from each other that they do not have a common frame of reference to understand each other from. Lem has pursued th ...more
This has been sitting on my bookshelf for years. I thought I had read it, curious to remember what it was about, I picked it up and started in. Well, I just didn't stop. Certainly I had not read it before...
I think that one of the things Lem does best is describe alien landscapes, buildings, creatures, and other incredible unknowns with a completely credible sense of their reality. The reader is able to share the same sense of wonder and (often) ambiguous fear that the book's characters do as th
Plucked this off the stack for some much-needed sci-fi distraction. There are some brilliant moments scattered throughout, embedded in Lem's ambivalence towards technology and the politics of complex societies. The contrast between alien 'Procrustean' socio-biological engineering and the reassuring familiarity of 'human' science (robotics, nuclear power) could not be more horrifically stark in some ways, while their underlying uses end up being disconcertingly similar in others. Yet for the most ...more
I love Lem, but this was not one of my favorites. 'Eden' attempts to tackle similar themes as 'Solaris', but it wasn't as effective as that masterpiece.

Six humans crash-land in planet Eden. All but one is identified throughout the book (both by the narrator and in dialogue) by their profession. I'm not clear why Lem made this choice, nor why he allowed one character to have a name, but it adds a sense of reading a fable. Though these characters are developed to an extent, they still remain cyphe
Stanislaw Lem is still my favorite SF-author - this one is a very common Lem book, alien worlds so alien that most things that happen are and stay unexplainable; where this one comes off the usual path is that in the end, there's actually a bit of explanation! Of course, like usually with Lem, it stays short and many things remain unexplained (but that's the good part).

My main grudge with Lem is that his descriptions just don't activate my "head's inner cinema", maybe that's the translation but
I found this to be a difficult but very rewarding reading experience. When I finished it I felt as if I was waking from a years long dream. It's (appropriately) disorienting; you're there with the characters with all the dense descriptions of an alien world, structures and life forms of which they've never conceived before. Then the realization, the sudden understanding in the end, is heartbreaking. It was mind-bendingly amazing!
I always wonder if the descriptions in Lem's stories lose anything
Politik vurgularındaki inceliği ve dehayı inkar etmemekle birlikte; bir bilim kurgu okurunun özellikle ilgisini çekebilecek bir konuyu; biraz hantal ve sıkıcı hale getirmiş Lem.
Anlatımın akıcı olmamasını geçtim, ani ve heyecanlı olayları kısaca geçiştirip; uzun ve felsefi soruşturmalara sayfalar ayırmış.
Karakterlerin varoluşları birbirlerinden ayırt edilemiyor. Sanki hepsi aynı karakterin farklı yansımaları gibi. Birbirlerinden ayırt edici renkleri yok. Siyah beyazlar.
Solaris'i daha çok sevdim.
One of those rare science-fiction stories that accurately portrays aliens as truly 'alien'. Viewed through the perspective of the explorer crew, without explanation, the activities and mentality of the aliens are completely incomprehensible. I imagine if we ever encountered an alien race, this is pretty much exactly how it would happen.
Al Sirois
Jun 16, 2014 Al Sirois rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sf readers
A typically well-written book from Lem, EDEN is the story of a exploratory expedition to Eden, a world inhabited by intelligent aliens. The humans' rocket crashes upon landing, so part of the narrative concerns the crew's efforts to repair their ship. The other part of the story concerns their contact with the Edenites, who have apparently live in anarchy. This is not the case, but the actual form of government remains a puzzle until the very end. The humans are referred to only as "the Captain, ...more
Karışık, çok karışık. Okurken bambaşka bir gezegene düşmüşsünüz hissini uyandırıyor. Bu açıdan çok başarılı. Aden'i gözde canlandırmak ise yorucu. Çünkü çok farklı. Kitapta şöyle güzel bir bölüm var;

"Pekala. Farzet ki yüksek uygarlık düzeyindeki bir nesil, yüzlerce yıl önceki dinsel savaşlar sırasında Dünya'ya iniyor ve kavgaya karışıp güçsüzün yanında yer almaya karar veriyor. Gücünü kullanarak, doktrinlere karşı gelenlerin yakılmasını, farklı görüşte olanlara eziyet edilmesini yasaklıyor, vesa
Grand Passion is a traditional romance in which a man who has lived without a family for many years discovers the beauty and love a family can provide. As Max’s employer and friend lay dying, he told Max that there 5 paintings for him to claim at the Robbins Nest Inn. The paintings are in the custody of the inn’s owner, Cleopatra Robbins but she is not aware of any paintings, particularly any expensive paintings. Max starts off thinking that Cleo is a gold digger but slowly realizes that she is ...more
Es curioso, y a la vez fascinante, ver cómo cada autor de ciencia ficción enfoca de manera diferente esa posibilidad de que nos topemos con vida extraterrestre. Para mí, del puñado que he leído, Lem es el que más se acerca a lo que puede ocurrir. No en términos de qué nos vamos a encontrar, sino respecto a cuál va a ser nuestro comportamiento frente a semejante situación.

Es un buen libro para hacerte reflexionar sobre las posibles consecuencias y escenario, aunque me he encontrado en serias difi
Another first contact novel from Lem, but this time not reaching anywhere near the heights of his masterpieces (Master's Voice, Solaris).

About 90% of the novel is a very heavy-handed description of the stranded crew's explorations of the planet. The first true communication happens only in the last 10% of the book and includes a hasty exposition to the planet's culture and history (at least here a few interesting ideas are sketched). The finish is then somewhat anticlimatic and unsatisfying.

Eden was a kind of strange book - I think I maybe didn't "get" it. The premise is that these six men crash land on a world they call Eden. They are all referred to by their profession or role in the crew, rather than by name, except for one - the Engineer's name is Henry. It was never clear if this had any significance. They were called this way not only in the narration but by each other, in the dialogue. It was kind of fun. Their mission to the planet is kind of unclear - near the end you lear ...more
Read it a whiles ago, and thought it pretty bad. But am writing this to say that it has stayed with me vividly while other books have faded. Whether it's because my brain retains more of an unfinished book, storing the story in a kind of fleshy RAM in my head, anxiously awaiting further input , or whether there's something Stan's style that just persists where other's fade, I'm not sure. Perhaps this book is better than I thought. It certainly is very similar to his other works (humans coming up ...more
This was my first Stanislaw Lem book. I was curious about the author who is renowned for thoughtful science fiction writing about social and ethical concepts. This book was written in 1959 in Poland. It is difficult to analyze the book without taking into account the writer. My perception of what his life was like and how his experiences may have been shaped is the basis for my review. First off, the book comes across as dated. There really is little attention paid to the science aspect of scien ...more
In many ways this book is dated to its era of publishing, the 1950s. It has the constant mention of atomic this and atomic that and a bunch of extremely intelligent white guys visiting a planet and no female characters at all. Things like film cameras can be overlooked because I don't expect authors writing 50 years ago or more to predict the rise of digital technology. All of this would be easier to deal with if Eden had a better story. There's never a sense of why the men are out exploring spa ...more
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Nov 25, 2013 Krzysztof marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
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This is Solaris' failure of a sibling. It is "Fellowship of the Rings" for sci-fi. It is absolute crap.

Who is giving this thing 5 stars? It could be the translation (Mark e Heine), but I doubt it. Lem daydreams for 260 pages about a world with bizarre (not to mention vague) plant life and "factories" which produce genetic life with mutated results. Or something like that. After about 100 pages, I began to skim - reading about 1 sentence on every other page - and I'm pretty sure I got as much out
Eden started out in a profoundly unsettling way, largely because of the descriptions which wavered in hesitation when committing themselves to some reality. Most of it is about the humans trying to figure things out for themselves. It's not a very well written book, but I think that's largely the fault of the translation. It is very thought provoking, however, and is required reading for science fiction enthusiasts everywhere.
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