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6th Jan '18 5:35:36 AM Aquila89
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* InscrutableAliens: The ocean. What it does is frequently hard to describe, and why it does these things is wholly beyond anyone's grasp the scientists studying it can't even figure out whether or not it's trying to communicate with them. At least a third of the book consists entirely of the protagonist recounting various scientific papers hypothesizing about how and why Solaris works his point being that they are all nothing but blind guesses with equal chances of being true or untrue, because none of the available facts permit humans to come to any rational understanding of it.
19th Jun '17 11:55:41 AM Aquila89
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* FictionalFieldOfScience: "Solaristics", the study of the titular planet. Kelvin even gives a description of the different theories within solaristics.
25th Feb '17 6:26:20 AM JustTroper
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* UndeadBarefooter: The visitors (both Rheya and an unidentified black woman) always appear barefoot, and their feet aren't calloused; this is one of the indications that they are not actually human. An unusual example, since they are not ''literally'' undead, but are replicas of deceased people.
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.
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