Solaris

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Premier Digital Publishing, Jan 11, 2012 - Fiction
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New 2011 English Translation._x000D_ _x000D_ The cult-classic by Stanislaw Lem that spawned the movie is now available for your Kindle! Until NOW the only English edition was a 1970 version, which was translated from French and which Lem himself described as a "poor translation." This wonderful new English translation (by Bill Johnston) of Lem's classic Solaris is a must-have for fans of Lem's classic novel._x000D_ _x000D_ Telling of humanity's encounter with an alien intelligence on the planet Solaris, the 1961 novel is a cult classic, exploring the ultimate futility of attempting to communicate with extra-terrestrial life._x000D_ _x000D_ 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  - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing

I liked the basic idea of the story and the writing and translation was excellent. The story drags by the second half with long descriptions which seemed to me to repeat. I'm not sure if I failed to understand the conclusion or if there really were no answers to questions raised in the story. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael.Xolotl - LibraryThing

A fascinating book that explores questions of existence, consciousness, religion, morality, and love without ever collapsing into the saccharine or trite pseudointellectualism. It's also just good science fiction. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Stanislaw Lem is the most widely translated and best known science fiction author writing outside of the English language. Winner of the Kafka Prize, he is a contributor to many magazines, including the New Yorker, and he is the author of numerous works, including Solaris.

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