Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

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An elegant philosophical/futuristic solar bash by a Polish writer involving haunts and terrors on a space station attached to the planet Solaris lit by two suns (red and blue) and covered by an "organic ocean.
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Despite two films made with panache „Solaris” remains a book constantly rediscovered by new generations of readers. The moving story of contact with alien intelligence serves as a canvas for discussion of our mind’s limitations and the nature of human cognition. A love story for some readers, a philosophical treatise for others; Lem’s inspiring masterpiece defies unambiguous interpretations.

"A brilliant mind with a hearty appetite for science, philosophy and literature."
("The New York Times Book Review")

The novel has been translated into over forty languages and sold several million copies. This is the first English translation directly from the original.
 

About Stanislaw Lem

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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.
 
Published November 22, 2014 by Pro Auctore Wojciech Zemek. 223 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 27 2011

An elegant philosophical/futuristic solar bash by a Polish writer involving haunts and terrors on a space station attached to the planet Solaris lit by two suns (red and blue) and covered by an "organic ocean.

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Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Apr 17 2009

Solaris is Lem’s most famous work, and an excellent starting-point for readers who want to make the acquaintance of this seminal writer.

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Reviewed by Marie-Luise Stromer on Apr 12 2008

The funny thing is that I found reading the book a bit tiresome at times whereas I enjoy thinking of it occasionally, the concept of the ocean will certainly stay with me.

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