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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,473 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Nach einer zehnjährigen Weltraumexpedition kehrt Hal Bregg auf die Erde zurück. Zehn Bordjahre aber bedeuten 123 Erdenjahre. Die Gesellschaft, der er sich nun anpassen muss, hat sich bis zur Unkenntlichkeit verändert. Aber nicht nur der technische Fortschritt hat eine völlig neue, verwirrende Welt geschaffen. Mittels einer Droge wurde eine der folgenreichsten menschlichen ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published 2002 by List (first published 1961)
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BlackOxford
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, slavic
Cosmic PTSD

Shell shock was a condition of the First World War; battle fatigue of the Second; but the condition we now know as PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, was unknown and undefined after those conflicts. Each is a distinct syndrome befitting the circumstances of the time, including the prevailing technology. And I think there’s a good case to be made that the literature of each period created the ability to differentiate each development. Specifically I think Lem invented PTSD; and Retu
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Glenn Russell


Holy cyberspace, robotics and zero-gravity! Stanislaw Lem took me completely by surprise with his 1961 novel of American astronaut Hal Bregg’s returning to Earth 127 years into the future. I was expecting the acclaimed Polish author's time traveler to be another introverted nerd like Ijon Tichy. He’s anything but - exceptionally tall, rugged, muscular, athletic, Hal is an American adventurer along the lines of Indiana Jones. Likewise, I was anticipating the focus of the novel to revolve exclusiv
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Michael
A pretty haunting portrayal of a utopia which is really a dystopia, putting it in the same sphere as “Brave New World”, written 30 years before. Hal Bregg is a space navigator who has just returned from a trip to a nearby star system. He has been through hell on his long, heroic mission to look for alien life and new knowledge of the universe, the dangers of which took the lives of several of his comrades. Because of relativity, his 10-year journey corresponds to some 127 years of Earth time. It ...more
Anna
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of my favourite books written by one of my favourite authors. However sci-fi, it actually tells a story of a lonely man. A man that cannot find himself in the new world... Didn't it happen to all of us at least once in a lifetime? Absolutely a masterpiece!
Lynne King
I cannot rate this book as I absolutely loathed it. I didn't like the main character Hal Bregg who has returned to earth after 127 years, even though only ten biological years have passed for him.

The book seemed to be all over the place. The procedure known as betrization completely threw me until I eventualy found out what it meant. No books in bookshops - insane; robots and then finally Hal falls in love with Eri and well that was the end of the book for me. I had a quick skim through and just
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Ivan Bogdanov
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Отпуската ми тече добре, чета на ден по три книги и съм много доволен.
"Завръщане от звездите" е реално първата книга от Библиотека Галактика. Първите книжки Синият тайфун и Двойната звезда тогава бяха неоткриваеми, тази се появи през 1979 г по книжарниците. Бях на 13 и книгата ме впечатли силно. Тогава бяха една славни години на космическата експанзия.
И в разгара на масовата истерия Лем задава въпроса - и за какво е всичко това?
Книгата реално е писана преди полета на първия космонавт. Във времен
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Bria
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old-fashioned date rapists
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Spacewanderer
I'm not sure what to think of "Return From The Stars." At times I liked it and at other times I felt indifferent to it. Nothing jumps out as bad, exactly. The novel follows the main character, Hal, through the hardships of returning to Earth from a deep space exploration after nearly 130 years--only ten to him. And, of course, the world has changed and he goes through this huge cultural shock and people see that he's different straight away and he can't adjust so he goes on vacation after like t ...more
Vit Babenco
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The middle of the last century – the time of dystopias, every thoughtful science fiction writer considered it to be his obligation to write one. Return from the Stars is a mutiny against the total conformity and insipid living in the entirely uniform society.
“Beneath a dome supported by cracked, crumbling columns stood a woman, as though she had been waiting for me. I saw her face now, the flow of sparks in the diamond disks that hid her ears, the white – in the shadow, silvery – dress. This wa
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Melanti
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, e-book, 2013
A couple years back, I read the first James bond book (Casino Royale) and was appalled by Fleming's allusions to "the sweet tang of rape." Even more horrifying was my conversation with a male friend afterwards, who claimed that every man wants to be just like James Bond, and continued with this claim even after I read passages to him (including the rape passage) and explained how much of a misogynistic asshole Bond is in the books. For the sake of our friendship, I'm forced to assume he wasn't p ...more
estel
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
chciałabym przeprosić siebie z przeszłości za te straszne uprzedzenia do Lema spowodowane lekturą "Bajek robotów" w podstawówce. przeczytałam w jeden dzień (a raczej dzień i noc), bo trudno się oderwać od tej książki. jest doskonale napisana, przybijająca atmosferą wyobcowania i samotności, prowokująca do myślenia o człowieczeństwie i sensie wychylania się poza strefę bezpieczeństwa i wygody. i jeśli to podobno całkiem przeciętna powieść Lema, jedna z wielu, to już nie mogę doczekać się całej re ...more
metralindol
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was really nice to revisit one of my early sci-fi inspirations after some two decades. as expected, the perception was a lot more different and subtle on various levels. sometimes i wish i could do this more often with books i'd enjoyed or not quite. each time this might promise another meeting with Heraclitus giving me a different bouquet of tiny discoveries. and maybe a fellow-feeling hug.
Paul Samael
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with most of the positive comments by other reviewers here. In the hands of the right director, “Return from the Stars” would make an excellent film – more in the tradition of thoughtful, art-house sci-fi like “Gattaca” than as a blockbuster Hollywood movie (although someone like George Clooney would be ideal for the part of Hal – he should have filmed this novel instead of remaking “Solaris”). If you are keen on the Lem of “Futurological Congress” then maybe this book won’t be so much t ...more
Williwaw
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! If you are looking for thoughtful, poetic science fiction, this is it! If you are looking for an accurate prediction, well, Lem basically anticipates the disappearance of books and their replacement by something like the iPad.

In a nutshell, this is the story of an astronaut who returns to earth after a ten year voyage. Because of time dilation, 127 years have passed on earth. The story depicts the astronaut's disorientation and (partial?) reintegration into a wholly changed world. It'
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Monika
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kapitalna książka, w której bohater wraca na ziemię po latach podróży międzyplanetarnej. Na Ziemi upłynęło wiele wody w rzekach, zmieniło się wszystko, ludzie, miasta, zasady społeczne. Bohater ze swojego punktu widzenia ma ciekawe spostrzeżenia, trochę filozofuje, rozważa na tematy socjologiczne.
Już w poprzednich recenzjach pisałam, że Lem to mistrz słowa - do tej pory poznałam go, jako kreatywnego twórcę nowych słówek, gier słownych, a w tej książce odkrył swoją inną zaletę. Opisy w książce s
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Daniel
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No es extraño que un adolescente se enamore de este libro en concreto y de Lem para toda la vida. El astronauta Bregg vuelve de una misión con desfase temporal a un mundo futuro que ya no le reconoce y en el que él se siente un bicho raro. Releída unos 30 años después, el hombre sigue viendo un dinosaurio que no sabe moverse dentro de un mundo castrado por fuera. Este Lem refleja como pocos la soledad interior. Alcanza en algunos momentos un lirismo poco habitual en la cf. En este caso, el extra ...more
Juan del Desierto
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sad, melancholic tale in Lem's best vein that has haunted me since teenage years, about the impossibility of heroics and bravery in a meek world made safe for convenience. A swansong that hails the probable outcome for the next centuries of our times obsessed with peace and safety.
Knigoqdec
Нещастнико, ти ще имаш това, за което си мечтал...
Ernest Hogan
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite themes, by a master. The future, the universe is always more than your were ready to imagine, and utopia sucks.
Vít Kotačka
Zajímavá sci-fi, která mě částečně nadchla a částečně zklamala. Celkově převládá dojem určité nedotaženosti, říznuté jednou obskurností.

Dobře zpracovaný je primární námět, popsaný v syžetu - astronaut se vrací "domů". Domů na odcizenou planetu, která opustila důvody, proč vlastně původně odletěl. Nejen to, navrátilci jsou de facto jemně a skrytě ostrakizováni.

Nejlepší části popisují nový, těžko pochopitelný svět. Na to, že novela byla napsaná v r. 1960, neztratila nic ze své futurističnosti, nen
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Elena Davidson
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una buena zambullida en lo que puede ser la mente de un astronauta. Un hombre que vuelve de una misión devastadora para sí mismo e inútil para la humanidad y que, para colmo, retorna a una Tierra en la que han cambiado las reglas del juego: una utopía ataráxica, hipertecnológica e incomprensible para él, en la que no encajará fácilmente.
Resulta muy creíble el fluir mental que el autor a ficcionalizado para este personaje. La terminología que se inventa para hablar de los cuerpos celestes no es r
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Lucia
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ya había leído este libro hace años, y recordaba que me había gustado mucho, hace poco volví a conseguirlo y realmente no entiendo qué fue lo que me pareció tan genial la primera vez.

Hal Bregg regresa de una misión espacial que duró 10 años, pero mientras tanto en la Tierra transcurrieron más de 100 años desde su partida. Hal encuentra una sociedad extremadamente diferente a la que dejó atrás, y la novela narra sus dificultades para adaptarse a ella.

La idea de la historia me parece muy interesan
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Cyan Wisp
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique view of the future on earth. I can only say that I read this book with a growing sense of loss - like visiting the home of your childhood and finding a glistening shopping mall in its place filled with detached youths that you will never relate to. Actually, that is almost exactly the theme of the book!

Our hero, a space traveller and Einsteinian time traveller (by virtue of acceleration) is a gorilla among the latest generation of humans on earth. Machines run the world, leaving humani
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Eugene Pustoshkin
Многоплановая книга, к которой можно подходить с самых разных сторон. Есть много векторов восприятия, которые можно было бы выделить, разных ракурсов, разных эпизодов. Можно поразмышлять о прогрессе, об эволюции общества, об отчуждении, о превращении в чуждость, об эпизоде с агонией кибернетических организмов, о странно страстных и при этом неосознанных отношениях с героя с женщиной, о не менее странном — по нынешним меркам — вырисовывании образа женщины со стороны Лема, о белитризации, о стремл ...more
Dan Tong
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another seriously thought provoking book from Lem, that deals with violence, wars, and alienation. The alienation in this case is because by the time the cosmonauts return to Earth all of the people they knew have died, and technology has advanced so much that transportation, cities, and of course the culture is unrecognizable.

This is an excellent book for anyone who ponders where we may be going in the next hundred years.
Sycobabel
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the story was funny, sad, thought provoking, and enlightening. It's really an interesting idea. A man goes on a 10 year space expedition, it’s just that back on earth it lasts 127 years for everyone else. He returns not as a man from the future but a man from the past: a neanderthal. His knowledge of all things is no longer relevant to society. Stanislaw Lem combines a scientific perspective with a sense of humor akin to Kurt Vonnegut.
Radynka
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knihovnička
Lemův styl je takový, že si vždycky říkám, že na podruhé si tu knihu užiju ještě víc (což třeba u Kyberiády už není skoro možný, ale i tak), protože mám pocit, že mi spoustu věcí uteklo.
Návrat z hvězd se mi líbil, ačkoli kdybych si oblíbila hlavního hrdinu, tak z toho mám rozhodně větší zážitek. Ale být tupý a hovado ho neomlouvá v žádné době.
3,5*

Бранимир Събев
— Най-добре ни е сред такива древни старчета. С еей такива дълги бради. Само като си помисля за това и чак ме втриса. Знаеш ли какво? Да си купим кафез с кокошки, от време на време ще им извиваме вратовете.
Michael Hołda (Holda)
Astronaut returns to earth, in the future & explores the world of crystal books and mankind wishing the youth(to be young) where robotics help people in daily life and through exertions called "Betryzacja" people cannot "kill".
Ming Wei
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable book, reminds me of certain science fiction TV series from the past, (can't remember the name). Love this type of story, well writen, the story line kept me interested right until the end, will had this author as a fav, and look for other works.
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Stanisław Lem (staˈɲiswaf lɛm) was a Polish science fiction, philosophical and satirical writer of Jewish descent. His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 27 million copies. He is perhaps best known as the author of Solaris, which has twice been made into a feature film. In 1976, Theodore Sturgeon claimed that Lem was the most widely read science-fiction writer in the w ...more
“I spent the afternoon in a bookstore. There were no books in it. None had been printed for nearly half a century. And how I have looked forward to them, after the micro films that made up the library of the Prometheus! No such luck. No longer was it possible to browse among shelves, to weigh volumes in hand, to feel their heft, the promise of ponderous reading. The bookstore resembled, instead, an electronic laboratory. The books were crystals with recorded contents. They can be read the aid of an opton, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers. At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it. But optons were little used, the sales-robot told me. The public preferred lectons - like lectons read out loud, they could be set to any voice, tempo, and modulation.” 8 likes
“I had noticed that I had no difficulty conversing with robots, because absolutely nothing surprised them. They were incapable of surprise. A very sensible quality.” 8 likes
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