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Solaris by Stanisław Lem
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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).
http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=441
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanis%C...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solaris_...
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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