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The classic sci-fi novel - now a major Hollywood movie starring George Clooney and directed by the Academy Award-winning Steven Soderbergh.

When Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface he is forced to confront a painful, hitherto unconscious memory embodied in the physical likeness of a long-dead lover. Others suffer from the same affliction and speculation rises among scientists that the Solaris ocean may be a massive brain that creates incarnate memories, but its purpose in doing so remains a mystery . . .

Solaris raises a question that has been at the heart of human experience and literature for centuries: can we truly understand the universe around us without first understanding what lies within?

Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2003, c1970
ISBN: 9780571219728
Branch Call Number: Pbk SCI-FI LEM


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JCLAndrewP Jul 31, 2018

Thought provoking and beautiful, Lem weaves a story of redemption and acceptance in this classic sci-fi story about researchers standing on the precipice of contact with a vast and alien planet. Lem blurs the lines between faith, science, and philosophy. In the end, the book doesn't resolve the questions presented at the beginning, but rather adds to them. This gives the reader a sense of the vast, and incomprehensible, ocean planet that is Solaris.

MWBalderstone Jul 17, 2018

Equal parts beautiful and disturbing. This sci-fi cult classic with psychological horror elements is a great read and a philosophical examination into the nature of existence and what the limits of life look like.

Sep 15, 2017

Beautiful, strange, thought-provoking book, a classic that lives up to its billing.

Aug 12, 2017

Excellent SciFi. A well paced novel set in unusual circumstance. Good read -

Feb 16, 2017

This is a beautiful, quiet masterpiece. While the setting is science-fiction, the story is about the nature of love, memory, desire, and what makes us human. This small book deserves a slow read and full attention. Before turning it back in, I re-read the last chapter and was very grateful I did. Beyond the author's ability to draw out and explore the universal experience of being human against a backdrop of surreal and fantastic events, the (translated) prose digs deep and commands admiration itself. May we all live in the hope of cruel miracles.

You won't be able to shake off that feeling of the ocean as one great big sentient entity; your beach days will likely never be the same again after reading this book.

theorbys Oct 01, 2015

Lem's hauniting masterpiece is one of those science fiction novels which transcend their genre to become literature.

May 27, 2015

A bit odd for my taste, but the allegorical structures and exploration of ideas thereby is entertaining and interesting.

Mar 06, 2011

one of the best,classic,SciFi novels

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