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Solaris by Stanisław Lem
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Apr 16, 12

One of the best sci-fi books... Period. None of the films compare. Some prep. work necessary before reading. Listen to/read Philosopher Zone (Australia Radio National) podcast from 2006. Also, read Wikipedia entry, and from this page see links and external refs (especially the Univ. course notes).
The cover "art" for current Solaris paperback sucks. It reflects how the 2002 film RE-interrupted the Lem's treatment -- mostly for cheap, mass-market, unreflecting-audience, movie-goer appeal (romance, sex, love).

Lem's bottom line was that there will be alien-contact / first-contact situations that humans (i.e., humans in their current evolutionarily-primitive form) will NEVER be able to grasp ... because the alien is so completely "OTHER" (different; not benevolent nor malevolent; not even "beyond good and evil").

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