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Solaris: The Definitive Edition
by Stanislaw Lem
Audible, June 2011

Few are [Lem's] peers in poetic expression, in word play, and in imaginative and sophisticated sympathy.
- Kurt Vonnegut

[Lem was] a giant of mid-20th-century science fiction, in a league with Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick.

- The New York Times

To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction classic, Solaris, the Lem Estate has commissioned a brand-new version by Found in Translation Award - winning translator Bill Johnston, complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English, available exclusively as an audiobook from before it appears in print.

In Solaris, Kris Kelvin arrives on an orbiting research station to study the remarkable ocean that covers the planet’s surface. But his fellow scientists appear to be losing their grip on reality, plagued by physical manifestations of their repressed memories. When Kelvin’s long-dead wife suddenly reappears, he is forced to confront the pain of his past - while living a future that never was. Can Kelvin unlock the mystery of Solaris? Does he even want to?

Solaris has inspired films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Stephen Soderburgh, as well as a musical composition by composers Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason, which opened the Unsound New York festival in 2011.