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Solaris Reviews

Solaris by Lem Stanislaw


Lem Stanislaw

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Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 3 Mar 2016
ISBN: 9780571311576

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.

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
4 Mar 2021

"Stanislaw Lem’s lively, sardonic satire asks what we really want from exploration (beyond a mirror for our own vanity)"

The galaxy is full of Earth-like planets, but no one’s encountered an alien intelligence. What would happen if they did? Psychologist Kris Kelvin arrives at a scientific station orbiting the ocean planet Solaris. The crew are strung out and in some cases suicidal. They believe, contrary to the little evidence they have been able to gather, that the ocean below their feet is thinking. Not just that, it wants to communicate. At least it keeps sending them gifts and fulfilling their desires. It’s unbearable. They cannot stand it any more.