Solaris (book review)

From The Movie Snob

Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem (1961). I enjoyed both movie versions of this science-fiction novel by Lem. Both movies had a sort of dreamy 2001 feel about them, so I was a little surprised by how much stronger the “techie” science-fiction trappings were in the novel. In the movies, there is very little description or depiction of the mysterious planet of Solaris, but in the book there are lots of expeditions to the planet surface, and there are lots of descriptions of the planet’s surface features. But even in the book, the planet is essentially mysterious, and its most remarkable characteristic is the ability to scan human memories and create exact simulacra of people out of those memories. Weird stuff; I probably liked the Steven Soderbergh movie a little better.

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3 comments on “Solaris (book review)

  1. […] orbit returns to Earth. (I assumed Lem was named after Stanislaw Lem, the sci-fi author who wrote Solaris, but I’ve read an alternative theory that his name is a goof on the astronaut’s lander, […]

  2. […] Lovecraft and Kubrick, which are apt comparisons.  I also detected echoes of the novel and movie Solaris, and part was even reminiscent of a horror story I once read called Cold Skin.  Anyway, it was a […]

  3. […] two-thirds of the movie are an effective blend of 2001 and Armageddon, with hints of Alien and Solaris thrown in for good measure. The special effects are pretty darned good, with lots of impressive […]

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