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Harcourt, 1970 - Fiction - 204 pages
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A classic work of science fiction by renowned Polish novelist and satirist Stanislaw Lem


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 wonder if they can truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within their hearts.

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User Review  - Charles Dee Mitchell - Goodreads

Packed into his landing module and jettisoned from an interstellar spacecraft, Kris Kelvin heads towards Solaris. Solaris is a watery planet that has been under Earth's observation for over a century ... Read full review

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User Review  - Randy - Goodreads

Reason for inclusion on Reading List: Turned up recurrently in researching themes of interest in my project and I thought it might be a good example of philosophical speculative fiction. Brief ... Read full review

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Stanislaw Lem, a Polish author, is the best known and most widely translated science fiction writer outside the English-speaking world. His nearly thirty books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have sold twenty million copies worldwide. Lem's other works include The Cyberiad, The Futurological Congress, Peace on Earth, Mortal Engines, and Tales of Pirx the Pilot, all available in English-language translations from Harvest.

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