The first of Stanislaw Lem's novels to be published in America and now considered a classic, Solaris raises the question: Can one truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within?
The Polish edition of the book has the same last line as Kin posted. As an English sentence, I like Johnston's version much better than what Diana posted. Which translation is that from?(less)
And so, when we think of aliens as shown in popular literature/ cinematography, 99% of u ...more
I do recommend it if you love that premise and are intrigue about a sentient ocean but it won't be for everyone!
Bizarrely, being on a strange, different planet sometimes is what it takes to discover our inner cosmos. The way Lem describes it in Solaris, our memories rule our perception of what is real, regardless of external circumstances. On the other hand, the external circumstances of any given time are actively impacting on what ki ...more
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.
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 ...more
The premise of Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris (1961) is not unusual: on a small isolated planetary research station, scientists exploring the nature of alien life begin to suspect they are being threatened in some way. What makes Solaris unique are three things: 1) Lem’s treatment of the premise (nuanced, philosophical, detailed), 2) the nature of the threat (lifelike simulacra from the scientists guilty pasts have begun to appear at their sides), and 3) the nature of the planet Solaris (it is uninhabi ...more
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 ...more
That experience is how Solaris felt for me.
Solaris has a big rep ...more
Read this book instead of watching either of the films derived from it. Tarkovsky's Solaris is brilliant for it' ...more
Very well says Lem, intellectually we can imagine all kinds of crazy things - travel to distant planets, strange unexpected forms of life, but psychologically can we cope with them, can we cope with ourselves, and what we have done in our lives? Probably not very we ...more
- Stanislaw Lem, Solaris
I'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 to ...more
I am already at the stage of my life when I alre ...more
It ain't perfect. The personal psychological journey of the main character feels dated. Very little from the past can hold up to our politi ...more
Like all the gargantuan books (depth, not size), the themes touched here co ...more
Solaris 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 thoug ...more
The style of these two books couldn't be more different. TFC is hyper and absurdist and satirical, while Solaris is methodical and claustrophobic and creepy. In fact, I would describe Solaris as a horror sci fi novel with the tonality of an existentialist nightm ...more
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 ...more
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Solaris 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 ...more
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 goodreads!
It probably would have been better had it been a picture book. If you could ski ...more
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...more
I gave my cargo to the sea
I 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...more
But still, I guess my 2 cents might do some of my friends some good. So I'll try.
So, why should you read this? First of all, it's a classic. Second, it's a scifi classic, and dare I say, a psychological classic (is that a thing?) I have to admit though, this book was not easy to read. It deals with very painful topics (wha ...more
What I mean is, if a being, perhaps an amoeba-like space monster, which is able to manipulate particles of matter as if it were playing with Legos and it was simply floating around aimlessly without purpose or thought, if it found objects made ...more
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,
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Must I go on living here then, among the objects we both had touched, in the air she had breathed? In the name of what? In the hope of her return? I hoped for nothing. And yet I lived in expectation. Since she had gone, that was all that remained. I did not know what achievements, what mockery, even what tortures still awaited me. I knew nothing, and I persisted in the faith that the time of cruel miracles was not past.”