Solaris

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Fiction - 204 pages
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A fantastic book. Steven Soderbergh

When psychologist Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface, he finds himself confronting a painful memory embodied in the physical likeness of a past lover. Kelvin learns that he is not alone in this and that other crews examining the planet are plagued with their own repressed and newly real memories. Could it be, as Solaris scientists speculate, that the ocean may be a massive neural center creating these memories, for a reason no one can identify?

Long considered a classic, Solaris asks the question: Can we understand the universe around us without first understanding what lies within?

A novel that makes you reevaluate the nature of intelligence itself. Anne McCaffrey

Stanislaw Lem (1921 2006) is the author of many works bearing the broad label of science fiction and others ranging in genre and style from satire to philosophy. Lem s books have been translated into forty-one languages and have sold over forty-five million copies.
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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

Contents

The Arrival
1
The Visitors
29
Rheya
52
The Little Apocrypha
66
The Conference
90
The Monsters
106
The Liquid Oxygen
132
Conversation
147
The Dreams
176
The Old Mimoid
195
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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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