Stanislaw Lem – Solaris

Stanislaw Lem - Solaris

Author: Stanislaw Lem
Country: USSR
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: MON, Walker (US)[
Publication date: 1961
Pages: 204

Hi, everyone. This book was advised me to read by my father (he likes science fiction too), and when I’ve read it the first time, it seemed me a little bit boring. But I was 11-years-old. Today this book is on the list of my favorite books for all times.

There are few screen adaptations of this book, one made in USSR, another in Hollywood, they both have differences compared to the origin, but in my opinion, USSR’s movie is better. A. Tarkovsky’s version is more psychological and psychedelic, like the novel.

So, what about the plot? In the future humanity discovered new planets and sent scientists to explore them. Dr. Kris Kelvin came to an orbital station near planet Solaris. This planet is covered by an ocean of gel, and this ocean is a live organism with an intellect. And during scientists learn about this unexplored form of life, the ocean learns minds and nature of human.

As usual, if you are a fan of science fiction, and didn’t read it before, I suggest you do it, this book will make you think of philosophy and psychological themes.

 

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