Title: Solaris: Stanislaw Lem
Genre: Science Fiction, Philosophy
Comments: It's hard to believe this was written in 1960. Solaris exemplifies great science fiction with ideas that remain fresh and relevant 50 years on and surprisingly few details that hint at the age of the writing. The book's protagonist, Kelvin, arrives at a space station orbiting the planet Solaris which is dominated by a sentient ocean which has eluded human scientific understanding. The scientists aboard the station are physically and emotionally damaged - one has died - and they are either unable or unwilling to explain what has happened to them. Kelvin is frustrated and angry - and then he receives a visit from what appears to be his wife - who had died by her own hand many years previously.