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  1. Thomas Beekers Thomas Beekers says:

    This science fiction tale by Stanislaw Lem is easily missed or dismissed as just a space romp, but it is muchthan that A crew land their gigantic, overbuilt and overpowered Invincible starship on a planet, trying to find out what happened to the previous starship that landed here Soon they find out mankind with all their technology is not as Invincible as they d hoped, and a mystery story begins as they try to find out what it is that lives on this planet The latter part of the book This science fiction tale by Stanislaw Lem is easily missed or dismissed as just a space romp, but it is muchthan that A crew land their gigantic, overbuilt and overpowered Invincible starship on a planet, trying to find out what happened to the previous starship that landed here Soon they find out mankind with all their technology is not as Invincible as they d hoped, and a mystery story begins as they try to find out what it is that lives on this planet The latter part of the book deals with the confrontation with these beings.The mystery and action elements are solid enough and it s worth the read for that, but seeing this book as just a mystery action book is as said selling it short Like many of Lem s book, it is ultimately about challenging human s default conception of seeing themselves as the center of the universe, and what space travel could truly mean encountering and dealing with beings who are so different in their genesis and evolution that we simply can not hope to understand them In the Invincible, this lack of understanding leads to violent confrontation, which adds to the core message of we can not understand everything with we can not conquer everything


  2. Stuart Stuart says:

    The Invicible Early classic encounter with a swarm intelligenceOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureStanislaw Lem was a Polish SF author, one of the most famous and successful writers outside the English language world, selling over 45 million copies in 40 languages over five decades from the 1950s, but mainly in Eastern European communist bloc countries such as Poland, Germany, and the Soviet Union However, despite his success he had a rocky relationship with the United States SF community The Invicible Early classic encounter with a swarm intelligenceOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureStanislaw Lem was a Polish SF author, one of the most famous and successful writers outside the English language world, selling over 45 million copies in 40 languages over five decades from the 1950s, but mainly in Eastern European communist bloc countries such as Poland, Germany, and the Soviet Union However, despite his success he had a rocky relationship with the United States SF community, having a fairly low opinion of American SF fiction writers other than Philip K Dick s works, and having his honorary membership with the SFWA taken away when he became eligible to become a regular member, which may have been intended as a slight and which he took as one He refused to join.Lem even translated PDK s UBIK into Polish in 1972, but as PDK was already pretty eccentric as he neared his own personal 1974 religious experience, he wrote to the FBI saying that Stanislaw Lem was a name used as a cover for the Communist Party to influence Western public opinion just a wee paranoid, I d say Basically he felt he got stiffed for payment for the translation and blamed Lem for this So there was a lot of misunderstanding with Lem and the Western SF world However, as time has passed there have been manyEnglish translations of his works, including a number of retranslations and audiobook versions, which has brought his work to the attention of newer readers again His most famous book is Solaris written in 1961 in Polish see my review of the book as well as the 1972 Tarkovsky film and 2002 Soderbergh film versions , which was not translated into English until 1970 from the French edition, rather than the original Polish It finally received a direct Polish to English translation from Bill Johnston and an audiobook version in 2011 Similarly, The Invincible was first published in Polish in 1964, then translated to German in 1967, but only received an English translation of the German version in 1973 Finally it received a proper Polish to English translation by Bill Johnston in 2015, so we have him to thank for bringing Lem s worksskillfully and faithfully to English language readers The audiobook has just become available from Tantor Audio, narrated by Peter Berkrot and based on the Bill Johnston translation, so it was a perfect opportunity to rediscover a classic Lem story.Turning to The Invincible itself, it is a classic take of alien contact and rumination on the nature of human and non human in this case non organic intelligence, and the possible futility of trying to communicate with a truly alien intelligence at all Rather than the simplistic and anthropomorphic aliens popularized by American SF pulps and films and TV shows like the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, Lem s thoughts on alien consciousness or machine intelligence was way ahead of its time He was a pioneer when he wrote about encountering a sentient ocean in Solaris in 1961, and an artificial machine based micro bot swarm intelligence in The Invincible in 1964, almost a half century ago One wonders how muchinfluence he might have had on the Western SF scene if his works had been translatedquickly and accurately than they were.In any case, The Invincible is the story of an heavily armed exploration ship that sets out to discover what happened to The Condor, a similar ship that landed on the uninhabited and desolate planet Regis III before losing contact without warning The first half of the book focuses on the crew s efforts to discover what happened to The Condor and its crew, and they soon discover a mysterious artificial city, which seems to have been abandoned long ago They then discover The Condor, still intact and largely undamaged, hundreds of kilometers from the city Then they have their first encounter with an ominous and metallic cloud that emits a strong electromagnetic field and interferes with their communications Things quickly spiral downward as they realize they are dealing with an artificial machine intelligence that does not possess higher consciousness, but is perfectly capable of destroying human technology and mental functions, and even the mighty anti matter weaponry of the Invincible.There are various arguments among the crew, particularly the captain and the first navigator, Rohan, who is the main character in the story, about how to confront this implacable alien swarm intelligence, one that hardly seems aware of the pitiful human presence on the planet However, unlike Kris Kelvin in Solaris, we really don t get to know the human characters in The Invincible, as they seem largely lost in the face of an impossible situation Ostensibly they are there to discover the crew of The Condor, but their whole mission comes into question, and by extension the whole justification for human exploration of strange and hostile worlds is also put under the microscope Do humans really have a moral imperative to explore and conquer, and when they encounter an inorganic swarm intelligence that is perfectly adapted to its environment, but also perfectly uninterested in organic life, what possible gain can be had by trying to communicate Like many SF novels of the 1960s and 1970s, the ideas in Lem s books take precedence over excessive characterization and plotting, which accounts for their welcome brevity under 200 pages vs the doorstoppers produced by Peter F Hamilton or Alastair Reynolds , but Lem is very much a modern philosopher, ruthlessly stripping away the pretensions of the Western idea that humanity has a Manifest Destiny to explore and conquer the universe The themes he prefers to explore are what intelligence and consciousness are, and what their role is in a large and uncaring universe It is often a chilling vision, and may well have been influenced by his long exposure to the Soviet Union s dominance over the communist bloc countries, including his homeland of Poland Rather than the naive optimism of American SF, he painted an often bleak canvas of the limitations of human ambition Given that perspective, it is quite fascinating how popular his works became I ve only touched the surface of his books, and look forward to reading some with asatirical slant, such as the stories of Ijon Tichy Space Pilot The Star Diaries, The Futurological Congress , along with his fable like short stories exploring artificial intelligence The Cyberiad, Mortal Engines There is a depth of intellectual rigor and refusal to provide escapism in his books that appeals to me, and I hope he will findreaders thanks to the new translations and audiobook versions


  3. Aleksandar Trapara Aleksandar Trapara says:

    Luckily, I read the book in Serbian translation which was fairly good, so I didn t have to bother about it having been originally translated into German and then into English.Brilliant little book and such a sad story It aroused so many conflicting emotions in me At one point, I was infuriated by the crew s insistence on staying on Regis III and meddling with its ecosystem, and yet I was so startled when their plan to use the Cyclops backfired on them Once again, Lem successfully sets out the Luckily, I read the book in Serbian translation which was fairly good, so I didn t have to bother about it having been originally translated into German and then into English.Brilliant little book and such a sad story It aroused so many conflicting emotions in me At one point, I was infuriated by the crew s insistence on staying on Regis III and meddling with its ecosystem, and yet I was so startled when their plan to use the Cyclops backfired on them Once again, Lem successfully sets out the idea that any contact between two fundamentally different cultures entities is highly unlikely to result in any form of meaningful communication and, knowing the nature of human beings, may prove disastrous.A few reviewers complained about the apparent absence of women in the story Well, we don t know anything about the culture of the period Perhaps women had chosen to not be involved in interstellar travel for moral or health reasons Or maybe Lem believed it wouldn t be a good idea to introduce female characters, because persons with reduced mental activity are naturally left alone by the swarms on Regis III, so the book wouldn t be fun to read whatsoever Ever wondered why women are placed in a separate category whenever it comes to playing chess What s also amazing about this story is its profound alienness like in Solaris , the surroundings, events and creatures on the planet have a genuinely extraterrestrial touch which gives them an atypical authenticity.5 5 stars, it is definitely worth reading even multiple times


  4. P.E. P.E. says:

    HOMEOSTASIS The story Spaceship The Invincible is sent on unexplored planet Regis III to investigate on the unexplained silence of the crew of the Condor spaceship, sent there before As they begin the searching, they discover neither amphibians nor land animals Flora and fauna are found to stick to the oceans, as though they were wary of the continentsMy thoughts I particularly appreciate how you are made to discover the geology, the biosphere, the Condor wreck, little by little ThisHOMEOSTASIS The story Spaceship The Invincible is sent on unexplored planet Regis III to investigate on the unexplained silence of the crew of the Condor spaceship, sent there before As they begin the searching, they discover neither amphibians nor land animals Flora and fauna are found to stick to the oceans, as though they were wary of the continentsMy thoughts I particularly appreciate how you are made to discover the geology, the biosphere, the Condor wreck, little by little This story stands as a prime example of information withheld and given oh so graudally There is no way I close that book before I discover what exactly are these weird ruins and these eerie glossy black clouds and that unaccountable ecosystem At the end of the day, you have to piece it together by yourself there is nowhere to look for a global, godlike vision of the whys and hows For those who liked Solaris, please be my guest Some of my reservations The balance between action and theory can be a bit off at times If it were up to me, I wonder whether I would have sent the same class of spaceship as the one lost to try and retrieve it Come to think of it, isn t this giving a faithful image of mankind If you don t succeed, try again with the same setting, the same crew, the same line of action, and call an air strike too.Buddy read with Tara 29 03 2020RELATED WORKS Philip K Dick s short stories on self replicating machines or Neumann machines Second Variety War Game Autofac The GunAbout hives, eusocial and colonial lifeforms Nimbus by Peter Watts Ender s Game Empire of the Ants Niourk SolarisThe Day the Earth Stood Still Suggested Soundtrack Music for a Distance Rolf Julius Soundtrack for immeuble Manny, 44200 NantesL immeuble Manny HOMEOSTASIE L histoire Le vaisseau l Invincible est d p ch sur le monde vierge R gis III pour enqu ter sur les causes suspectes de la disparition de l quipage du Condor En arrivant, ils d couvrent un cosyst me qui se cantonne aux oc ans, comme si les animaux, par r flexe atavique, craignaient d approcher du rivageMon avis On d couvre peu peu la g ologie, la biosph re, les ruines, l pave du Condor, on th orise sur les causes de la catastrophe C est une belle gestion de l inconnu, on a envie d en apprendre plus chaque nouveau chapitre aucun moment on obtient une vision d ensemble Tout au plus un soup on, c est tr s fort.Mes r serves Un dosage parfois un peu in gal de l action et de l interpr tation de la part des personnages Je me demande si, la place de l autorit administrative de la Base, j aurais envoy le m me type d appareil pour chercher Dans un sens, a donne une certaine image de l homme, qui n est pas si fausse si a ne passe pas, reprenons le m me cadre, les m mes acteurs, les m mes conditions et recommen ons Aux m mes causes, les m mes effets.Buddy read with Tara 29 03 2020 UVRES PROCHES Nouvelles de Philip K Dick sur une machine de Neumann machine autor plicante Minority Report et autres r cits Nouveau Mod le Second Variety Un jeu guerrier War Game Paycheck Autofab Autofac Un vaisseau fabuleux et autres voyages galactiques Le Canon The Gun Sur des formes de vie en essaim colonie Nimbus Peter Watts in Utopiales 2013 Ender s Game Les Fourmis Niourk SolarisLe jour o la Terre s arr ta The Day the Earth Stood Still Bande son Music for a Distance Rolf Julius bande son de l immeuble Manny, 44200 NantesL immeuble Manny


  5. Jamie Jamie says:

    How many extraordinary phenomena like this, so foreign to human comprehension, might lie concealed in space Do we need to travel everywhere, bringing destructive power on our ships, so as to smash anything that runs counter to our understanding Fascinating, chilling and totally original first contact thriller set in deep space Lem was an amazing out of the box thinker, imaging aliens and alien concepts that go far beyond what most people can fathom Aliens that are so different they re nearl How many extraordinary phenomena like this, so foreign to human comprehension, might lie concealed in space Do we need to travel everywhere, bringing destructive power on our ships, so as to smash anything that runs counter to our understanding Fascinating, chilling and totally original first contact thriller set in deep space Lem was an amazing out of the box thinker, imaging aliens and alien concepts that go far beyond what most people can fathom Aliens that are so different they re nearly incomprehensible, sharing no common ground with humanity.The story focuses on a ship sent on a rescue mission, under mysterious circumstances, to a remote planet that proves deadly They encounter non sentient aliens in the form of a swarm of distributed micro machines, remnants of an ancient civilization on a desolate world that have evolved as a Necrosphere , capable of clustering together to form a sort of hive intelligence Lem provides some fascinating, solid, hard science underpinnings throughout, touching on evolutionary biology and cybernetics in particular.This has the makings of an amazing movie Incredible stuff for it s day 1964 , and no less so today Highly recommended


  6. Mark Mark says:

    The starship Condor never returned after landing on Regis III, so its sister ship Invincible is dispatched on a rescue mission The sf portions are classic 60s hard science fiction, a gradual exploration of an alien planet and the threat that defeated the first crew However what I really love is the sparse but effective characterization of the Invicible s crew From the beginning there is an undercurrent of tension implying that the crew has been together in space a little too long There is th The starship Condor never returned after landing on Regis III, so its sister ship Invincible is dispatched on a rescue mission The sf portions are classic 60s hard science fiction, a gradual exploration of an alien planet and the threat that defeated the first crew However what I really love is the sparse but effective characterization of the Invicible s crew From the beginning there is an undercurrent of tension implying that the crew has been together in space a little too long There is the subdued conflict between the captain who may be past his prime and his second in command As the threat mounts there is a wonderful balance between the discipline of a highly trained crew and the panic and fear of facing something they don t understand and may not be able to fight


  7. Mathew Mathew says:

    Easily one of Lem s best novels, tense and gripping I found myself reading it at 3AM because I wanted to know what would happen next Cinematic, would make a good SF movie Unusually rich characterization for Lem, too Boggles my mind that it had no available direct English translation until this year.


  8. Katya Katya says:

    With this book Lem is at his best This is not only a SciFi book about a stellar cruiser crew investigating a mysterious disaster that befell the other starship on Regis 3 It is a contemplation on human nature as well as envisioning of other, non human types of consciousness In Invincible Lem continues the theme he had started in Solaris he contemplates on the limits of human cognition and principal unknowability of the world I was fascinated by Lem s unrestrained imagination in describing With this book Lem is at his best This is not only a SciFi book about a stellar cruiser crew investigating a mysterious disaster that befell the other starship on Regis 3 It is a contemplation on human nature as well as envisioning of other, non human types of consciousness In Invincible Lem continues the theme he had started in Solaris he contemplates on the limits of human cognition and principal unknowability of the world I was fascinated by Lem s unrestrained imagination in describing the naturally evolved and arbitrarily expanding artificial intellect on Regis 3 , an intellect that would commensurate its size with the magnitude of its intentions I still like Solaris better, but The Invincible is going to be one of my favorite Lem s books


  9. Andrea Andrea says:

    One of my favourite Lem novels, it possible worries me that it is one of those with the least amount of quirky strangeness and the most predictable plot arc Two of my favourite quotes Man he saw in a flash of insight had not yet reached the true pinnacle he had not yet appropriated that galactocentric idea, praised since antiquity, whose real meaning could not consist in searching only for similar beings and learning to understand them, but rather in refraining from interfering with alie One of my favourite Lem novels, it possible worries me that it is one of those with the least amount of quirky strangeness and the most predictable plot arc Two of my favourite quotes Man he saw in a flash of insight had not yet reached the true pinnacle he had not yet appropriated that galactocentric idea, praised since antiquity, whose real meaning could not consist in searching only for similar beings and learning to understand them, but rather in refraining from interfering with alien, non human affairs Conquer the void, of course why not but don t attack what already is, that which in the course of millions of years has achieved a balanced existence of its own, independent, not subject to anyone or anything, except the forces of radiation and matter an active existence, neither better nor worse than the existence of the amino acid compounds we call animals or human beings 146 This reminded me of the television show UFO, and that scene in Tarkovsky s Solaris pointed out by Mark Bould in his book on the same Horpach took off his coat Underneath he was wearing trousers and a net undershirt 151.And back to this old theme, on this remarkable evolution of non living yet intuitive and sentient technology now his desire was no longer merely to return and report what he had found out about their companions deaths, but to request that this planet be left alone in the future. Not everywhere had everything been intended for us, he thought as he slowly descended 182 The last line There it towered, majestic as ever in its motionless grandeur as if it were indeed invincible 187


  10. Hugo Hugo says:

    This book has a very interesting concept, the necroevolution, an evolution of inorganic beigns, that were abandoned on planet Regis III by their creators The plot is fluid and keeps in with the expectative by his unusual concept that in the sci fi tradition is viewed in a very original way There is normally life in other planets as organic and semi rational beings view spoiler In this case machines, behaving like living organisms, they adapt themselves to the conditions that they have and e This book has a very interesting concept, the necroevolution, an evolution of inorganic beigns, that were abandoned on planet Regis III by their creators The plot is fluid and keeps in with the expectative by his unusual concept that in the sci fi tradition is viewed in a very original way There is normally life in other planets as organic and semi rational beings view spoiler In this case machines, behaving like living organisms, they adapt themselves to the conditions that they have and evolve with the pass of the centuries hide spoiler Este libro tiene un concepto muy interesante, la necroevoluci n, una evoluci n de entidades inorg nicas, que fueron abandonados por sus creadores en el planeta Regis III La historia es bastante fluida y se mantiene en una constante expectativa por lo inusual del concepto, que en la tradici n de la ciencia ficci n cl sica esta visto de una manera muy original Se encuentra vida en otros planetas como seres org nicos y semi racionales view spoiler En este caso maquinas, que como organismos vivientes, se adaptan a las condiciones que se presentan y evolucionan con el transcurso de los siglos hide spoiler


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About the Author: Stanisław Lem

Stanis aw Lem sta iswaf l m was a Polish science fiction, philosophical and satirical writer of Jewish descent His books have been translated into languages and have sold over million copies He is perhaps best known as the author of Solaris, which has twice been made into a feature film In , Theodore Sturgeon claimed that Lem was the A Nave PDF/EPUB or most widely read science fiction writer in the worldHis works explore philosophical themes speculation on technology, the nature of intelligence, the impossibility of mutual communication and understanding, despair about human limitations and humankind s place in the universe They are sometimes presented as fiction, but others are in the form of essays or philosophical books Translations of his works are difficult and multiple translated versions of his works existLem became truly productive after , when the de Stalinization period led to the Polish October , when Poland experienced an increase in freedom of speech Between and , Lem authored books His works were widely translated abroad although mostly in the Eastern Bloc countries In he published his first non fiction, philosophical book, Dialogi Dialogues , one of his two most famous philosophical texts along with Summa Technologiae The Summa is notable for being a unique analysis of prospective social, cybernetic, and biological advances In this work, Lem discusses philosophical implications of technologies that were completely in the realm of science fiction then, but are gaining importance today like, for instance, virtual reality and nanotechnology Over the next few decades, he published many books, both science fiction and philosophical futurological, although from the s onwards he tended to concentrate on philosophical texts and essaysHe gained international fame for The Cyberiad, a series of humorous short stories from a mechanical universe ruled by robots, first published in English in His best known novels include Solaris , His Master s Voice G os pana, , and the late Fiasco Fiasko, , expressing most strongly his major theme of the futility of mankind s attempts to comprehend the truly alien Solaris was made into a film in by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky and won a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in in , Steven Soderbergh directed a Hollywood remake starring George ClooneyHe was the cousin of poet Marian Hemar.