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.... show more
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.
Publish date: May 15th 1987
Pages no: 204
Edition language: English
(but maybe, we should worry more about how the ocean would try to talk to us) It's a very disturbing read from the start, and you can feel the disquiet grip you into the pages immediately, but it's pretty dense and it can get dry. Know what this reminded me off a lot? "Moby Dick". It's those ess...
The premise is that a scientist is sent to Solaris (a planet with a space station) only to discover that the 3 inhabitants which he was meant to meet have been reduced to two. Our main character, Kris Kelvin, arrives hoping to crack the enigma of the alien ocean which comprises the whole of the plan...
I really liked the beginning and found it extra creepy. Once the situation became clearer, I liked some of the topical excursions, like the one into the development of the scientific field of Soleriana or the more philosophical aspects and others less, like the minute descriptions of certain phenome...
I read every word of the first half. Then I skim-read. Had trouble keeping focus.
Even if this is the alleged "bad translation" I still really got into it. It's scary and slow. I love reading about humans confronting the truly alien and realizing their limits.