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19th Aug '16 7:25:28 AM eroock
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27th Jun '16 3:56:45 PM Willbyr
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''Solaris'' is an 1961 ScienceFiction novel by Polish author, Creator/StanislawLem. The main theme is whether humans are able to communicate with a truly alien (but benign) intelligence, or would it prove too much for the fragile human psyche.

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''Solaris'' is an 1961 ScienceFiction novel by Polish author, author Creator/StanislawLem. The main theme is whether humans are able to communicate with a truly alien (but benign) intelligence, or would it prove too much for the fragile human psyche.






!! ''Solaris'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AlienGeometries: The symmetrids, and asymmetrids, are giant formations consisting of a bizarre keratin-like substance. They appear from the black ocean, exist for a period of time, and then collapse back into the sea. Symmetrids are perfectly symmetrical down to the molecule, and asymmetrids are chaotic, unstable and only exist for a fraction of the time of the former. They're described as performing some sort of computer-like calculation process within their own machine-like bio-structure, but towards no understandable or observable purpose.

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!! ''Solaris'' !!''Solaris'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AlienGeometries: The symmetrids, symmetrids and asymmetrids, asymmetrids are giant formations consisting of a bizarre keratin-like substance. They appear from the black ocean, exist for a period of time, and then collapse back into the sea. Symmetrids are perfectly symmetrical down to the molecule, and asymmetrids are chaotic, unstable and only exist for a fraction of the time of the former. They're described as performing some sort of computer-like calculation process within their own machine-like bio-structure, but towards no understandable or observable purpose.
13th Jun '16 4:38:38 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* EldritchAbomination: One possible interpretation of the planet. In a true Lovecraftian fashion, we can't know if it is malicious or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply so alien in its workings that it becomes terrifying]]. It's sentient, but its thoughts and motives are beyond comprehension, as are its physics: somehow, it can affect the workings of the universe on an astronomical scale, but no one knows how. At the time of the novel, humanity has been studying Solaris for a century with barely any progress, and many attempts to communicate directly with Solaris have... [[DrivenToMadness unpleasant results]].

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* EldritchAbomination: One possible interpretation of the planet. In a true Lovecraftian fashion, we can't know if it is malicious or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply so alien in its workings that it becomes terrifying]]. It's sentient, but its thoughts and motives are beyond comprehension, as are its physics: somehow, it can affect the workings of the universe on an astronomical scale, but no one knows how. And the planet itself, in turn, seems to have problems understanding humanity. At the time of the novel, humanity has been studying Solaris for a century with barely any progress, and many attempts to communicate directly with Solaris have... [[DrivenToMadness unpleasant results]].
21st Oct '15 8:25:03 PM SantosLHalper
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* EldritchAbomination: One possible interpretation of the planet, though it's important to note that we can't know if it is malicious or simply so alien in its workings that it becomes terrifying. It's sentient, but its thoughts and motives are beyond comprehension, as are its physics: somehow, it can affect the workings of the universe on an astronomical scale, but no one knows how. At the time of the novel, humanity has been studying Solaris for a century with barely any progress, and many attempts to communicate directly with Solaris have... [[DrivenToMadness unpleasant results]].

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* EldritchAbomination: One possible interpretation of the planet, though it's important to note that planet. In a true Lovecraftian fashion, we can't know if it is malicious or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply so alien in its workings that it becomes terrifying.terrifying]]. It's sentient, but its thoughts and motives are beyond comprehension, as are its physics: somehow, it can affect the workings of the universe on an astronomical scale, but no one knows how. At the time of the novel, humanity has been studying Solaris for a century with barely any progress, and many attempts to communicate directly with Solaris have... [[DrivenToMadness unpleasant results]].
15th Sep '15 12:29:04 PM Aquila89
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* JerkAss: Sartorius.

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* JerkAss: Sartorius.Sartorius always acts in an unbearably pretentious manner; neither Snow nor Kelvin can stand him.
11th Jun '15 3:08:07 PM EryliaStarheart
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''Solaris'' is an 1961 ScienceFiction novel by Polish author, Creator/StanislawLem. The main theme is the impossibility of communication between humans and a truly alien intelligence.

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''Solaris'' is an 1961 ScienceFiction novel by Polish author, Creator/StanislawLem. The main theme is the impossibility of communication between whether humans and are able to communicate with a truly alien intelligence.
(but benign) intelligence, or would it prove too much for the fragile human psyche.
13th Sep '14 12:30:51 PM shokoshu
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The book was also adapted several times for theater and even as an opera - not many SF works can claim that.
25th Jun '14 1:08:35 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* RiddleForTheAges: Why did the ocean sent the visitors? And why did it stop? Was it a test? Was it torture? Was it a misguided attempt of a good deed? The point of the novel is that we can never know.

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* RiddleForTheAges: Why did the ocean sent send the visitors? And why did it stop? Was it a test? Was it torture? Was it a misguided attempt of at a good deed? The point of the novel is that we can never know.
24th Jun '14 10:22:33 AM LordGro
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* Riddle for the Ages: Why did the ocean sent the visitors? And why did it stop? Was it a test? Was it torture? Was it a misguided attempt of a good deed? The point of the novel is that we can never know.

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* Riddle for the Ages: RiddleForTheAges: Why did the ocean sent the visitors? And why did it stop? Was it a test? Was it torture? Was it a misguided attempt of a good deed? The point of the novel is that we can never know.



** Not to mention the description of the giant baby which does not act in any way baby-like, but instead systematically tests out its body, to the horror of the witness.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: When Lem started the book, describing Kelvin arriving at the station, he had no idea what it was going to be about.

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** Not to mention the The description of the giant baby baby, which does not act in any way baby-like, but instead systematically tests out its body, to the horror of the witness.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: When Lem started the book, describing Kelvin arriving at the station, he had no idea what it was going to be about.
witness.
24th Jun '14 3:43:55 AM Aquila89
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* Riddle for the Ages: Why did the ocean sent the visitors? And why did it stop? Was it a test? Was it torture? Was it a misguided attempt of a good deed? The point of the novel is that we can never know.
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