Download Ebook ò Eden Author Stanisław Lem å 264 pages ✓ Stanisław lem

Ebook Eden Author Stanisław Lem

Download Ebook ò Eden Author Stanisław Lem å 264 pages ✓ Stanisław lem ✓ ❰Read❯ ➪ Eden Author Stanisław Lem – Co sprawia że powieść czyta się z nie słabnącym zainteresowaniem Z pewnością niezwykła wyobraźnia autora który tStosowanych technologii sprawia że przybysze i miejscowi do końca nie potrafią naprawdę się porozumiećPozycja zawiera takżePo co ludziom fantastyka Rozmowa z Borysem Strugackim Smutek Edenu Posłowie prof Jerzego Jarzębskiego I love Lem but this was not one of my favorites 'Eden' attempts to tackle similar themes as 'Solaris' but it wasn't as effective as that masterpieceSix humans crash land in planet Eden All but one is identified throughout the book both by the narrator and in dialogue by their profession I'm not clear why Lem made this choice nor why he allowed one character to have a name but it adds a sense of reading a fable Though these characters are developed to an extent they still remain cyphers In the course of fixing their vehicle and exploring the terrain the explorers encounter mysterious and inexplicable phenomena bizarre flora and clear evidence of sentient even technologically advanced society Without a frame of reference and a simplistic even crude outlook on alien life they are confused and lost and unable to determine what any of it means They eventually make contact with two living sentient creatures and with this there's hope of a possible breakthroughTo be sure my main issue with the 'Eden' was not in the themes or in Lem's perspectives and conclusions but in the overall execution The first half was a bit tedious and repetitious with page after page of ultimately unnecessary background descriptions Perhaps Lem's intentwas to convey how incredibly strange and alien the planet is but it didn't work The story only really picks up in the second half and the principal matter is really mainly realized in the last uarterWhat is this matter It's Lem's notions of the complexity perhaps impossibility of truly overcoming communication barriers with other cultures In this case the other culture is a sentient alien species with a society a history and a perspective so different from humanity as to be impenetrable Lem bypasses mechanicaltechnological limitations by assuming the protagonists have a translation device which approximates linguistic meaning though it's flawed and ambiguous and limited by its programmers' human frames of reference The explorers can only guess what the alien's motivations rationale and reasoning is This is the best part of the story The translation device relays jumbled indecipherable phrases and the explorers attempt to find meaning in them How right or wrong they were Lem leaves that to the reader With time perhaps profound breakthrough would have been possible Lem deals with the same subject in a much nuanced way in 'Solaris' That work is also pessimistic about the possibility of a breakthrough It's clear that Lem's outlook was affected by his growing discontent and disheartening as the cold war intensified Lem would return to this theme in future books which I have not read In 'Eden' though there's still hope As the explorers leave 'Eden' they are reminded why they were attracted in the first place the planet is beautiful It's perhaps this attraction to the beautiful the mysterious that forms the basis of any hopeDespite my complaints 'Eden' is a good book for avid fans of Lem's work but not the place to start

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Co sprawia że powieść czyta się z nie słabnącym zainteresowaniem Z pewnością niezwykła wyobraźnia autora który tworzy zmysłowe bogate wizje planetarnej natury i kultury a zarazem umiejętnie dozuje napięcie pozwalając ta Strange very strange Stanislaw Lem's cautionary tale of a six man crew's crash landing on Eden a planet resembling Earth but orbiting a far distant sun We follow the astronauts on their adventure of discovery that turns weirder and freakier by the hour Other than the Engineer who is occasionally addressed as Henry Stanislaw Lem refers to the members of the crew not by name but strictly by occupation Captain Engineer Chemist Physicist Cyberneticist Doctor In this way the Polish author underscores how each man registers and interprets the unfolding events and details of Eden according to his respective specialtyAnd what an inscrutable planet With this novel originally published in 1959 Stanislaw Lem proves himself a supremely gifted storyteller as if wielding a huge literary magnet every new scene sighting encounter and confrontation pulls readers deeper and deeper into identifying with the plight of the crew More than emphasis on character development of the six Earthlings the story's focus is on landscape and flora the peculiar alien technology and above all the bizarre beings inhabiting Eden Thus the novel is divided into two parts the first 200 pages consists of the crew's planetary explorations and dealing with their rocket ship half buried in earth the Doctor observes jocularly the first landing beneath the surface of an unknown planet; the final 60 pages is the stunning revelation Actually a series of revelations If the first part is a bit too detailed for your taste please hang in the payoff is what's revealed at the end As to what exactly Eden holds in store for our six explorers here are several snapshots FUNKY FOREST The men walk on ground that’s “soft spongy and gave off a vapor that made it difficult to breath” They come upon a thicket of plants and intertwining branches The Doctor notices a thick black hair hanging at eye level and freezes “A pearl colored bulbous thing hanging from the stalks that converged at the base of one of the “cocoons” was watching him” The Chemist hissed “Disgusting” What the Doctor does next as a means for closer examination speaks to our very human urge to analyze categorize classify and understand non human life forms on our own terms But how much right do we as humans have in interfering with what we encounter on other planets One of the abiding uestions Stanislaw Lem has us ponder My own uick observation the term “disgusting” is a value judgement and a weak one at that; not so much a response but an instant reaction a knee jerk reflex PERPLEXING PLANTOur planetary pioneers come across what looks like an abandoned factory an enormous room with conveyor belt and signs of mass production Among the unusual sights great soaring columns with lumps of molten materials flowing inside Stanislaw Lem clicks his imagination into overdrive when describing the detail of how further in there’s unfathomable processes and machine like actions The crew beats a hasty retreat and the Engineer explodes ”It’s the work of a lunatic or rather” – he pointed in the direction of the factory ”lunatics A civilization of lunatics that’s what this damned Eden is” Such a pronouncement Mr Engineer As I was reading I wondered What would be my response if I was part of the crew CREEPY CRITTER Right up front in Chapter 2 following initial reconnaissance upon return to home base the crew is in store for a rude awakening a creature from Eden has invaded their ship And the massive hulk is now lodging itself in the navigation room “Just in case” said the Engineer and raised the jector pressing the stock to his hip and aiming at the shapeless mass With a hiss the shot hit the steeply arched hulk right below the hump The huge body stiffened swelled and seemed to cave in a little to flatten I can imagine Stanislaw Lem wincing as he wrote this scene Again an instance of human arrogance spearheaded by none other than the Engineer representing the profession esteemed the pinnacle of knowledge back in the 1950s when the author wrote his book INGENIOUS INDWELLERS Further reconnaissance brings to light curios perplexities breathing lung trees bat like flying creatures and then “Dark ramparts reminiscent of old forts on Earth The tops of the ramparts were level with where the men were standing and they could see into the interiors into narrow crooked streets The walls along the streets contained rows of rectangular openings that had rounded corners and were tilted back as though aimed at the sky” No doubt about it the crew from Planet Earth is observing the handiwork of intelligent extraterrestrialsSNAPPY SUMMATIONThe Doctor reports It's curious that everything we find here is reminiscent of things we know on Earth but only partly there are always pieces that don't fit These vehicles of theirs for example showed up here like war machines Those wells in the clay they were terrible of course but what in fact were they Graves We don't know Then that settlement or whatever it was An incredible place like a nightmare And the skeletons inside the 'clubs' Were they museums Slaughterhouses Chapels Factories turning out biological specimens Prisons Anything is possible even a concentration campAre you intrigued I certainly hope so And this is only half the story Wait until you read the final section when the crew is in for a series of startling unearthings no pun intended information about Planet Eden that Stanislaw Lem knows will prompt many philosophical discussions about the prospects of genetic engineering biology and believe it or not even political ideologiesStanislaw Lem 1921 2006

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Eden Author Stanisław LJemnicom Edenu odsłaniać się stopniowo z dramatycznym napięciemPolityczne porządki na planecie przypominają czytelnikom wizje Orwella ale najważniejszy jest tam sceptycyzm co do szans wzajemnego poznania jauż sama odmienność What a gem of an old SF Indeed Stanislaw Lem might be one of the very best SF authors period He has a wide range of works from humorous to deeply disturbing to fantastically mysterious alien discoveries What you say That whole tail end period of the golden age of SF was FULL of great and detailed authors Just look at Dune from 1965 Yeah yeah but before Star Trek in the wee year of 1959 Eden was born giving us one of the richest most detailed alien worlds as seen through a small crew named only by their job titles instead forcing us to see things through their worldviews as screwed up normal as they are misunderstanding everything they see on EdenBut this is not Dune This is a full mystery that gets only digs us deeper into our own misunderstandings Because this is an intelligent alien race that does not think like us Not only superficially but fundamentally with strange technological focuses and social structures Not to mention biological tools that feel like the most excellent precursor to Farscape or Asher's Hilldiggers or the look at a truly alien mind as seen in Watts' Blindsight And I'm only mentioning a single aspect here The rest is a serious look at how much we bring in our own prejudices making our own hell wherever we go When I look back at first contact novels in general few will have uite this amazing creative factor to it Sure some books will have so and so good characters etc but none will be uite as serious about giving us the truly alien or near perfect mirrors to our own stupidityI count this a truly classic Important SF