Editorial Reviews. Language Notes. Text: English, German, Polish (translation) The Invincible – Kindle edition by Stanislaw Lem. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. I suppose I have followed the conventional route through Stanislaw Lem’s version of scientifiction. Starting with Solaris and moving to the. Anybody who likes a tight, increasingly tense plot-line rising to a scene of dramatic violence will be satisfied. Anybody who likes a mystery will find it here — and.

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There is normally life in other planets as organic and semi-rational beings. Jul 03, Tracey rated it liked it Shelves: Condor’ s crew suffered a complete memory erasure as a consequence of attacks from these “clouds”.

While a group of explorers scouts out the ruins, the Condor is found three hundred kilometers away roughly miles away. Especially when you’re heading toward an apparently lifeless planet on which another ship has already disappeared? Rather, it’s an exploration of a planet where organic life has been replaced at least on land by a form of robotic, inorganic life. 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 stanislaaw of the pitiful human presence llem the planet.

I found myself wondering of any of the creative team on the recent film Big Hero 6 had read this novel, as the “microbots” in the movie act very similarly to those in the book; albeit the Regis III version being autonomous.

The Invincible

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He gained international fame for The Cyberiada series of humorous short stories from a mechanical universe ruled by robots, first published in English in May 10, Daveski rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lauding such well-known authors as Zelazny, Le Guin, Moorcock, Simak, Silverberg, Dick, and Brunner on the back cover, it also mentions a few writers whose names no longer appear in bright colors for whatever reason, Goulart?

Similarly, The Invincible was first published in Polish inthen translated to German inbut only received an English translation of the German version in The themes he prefers to explore are what intelligence and consciousness are, and what their role is in a large and uncaring universe.


While the characters are pretty much one-dimensional standins, that’s not what this novel is about. In the face of defeat and imminent withdrawal of the InvincibleRohan, the spaceship’s first navigator, undertakes a trip into the “enemy area” in search of four crew members who went missing in action — an attempt which he and the Invincible’ s commander see as certainly futile, but necessary for moral reasons. Highly recommended to fans of any sort of science-fiction.

Basically he felt he got stiffed for payment for the translation and blamed Lem for this. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Translations of his works are difficult and multiple translated versions of his works exist. Want to Read saving…. The “inhabitants” of the planet are so alien that they aren’t even “alive” by the standards of man, and the most invinciboe parts of the novel are the attempts to study and understand them.

To see what your friends xtanislaw of this book, please sign up. Print HardcoverPaperback. Lem is an author I feel I should have read as a SF fan, so am finally getting around to his works.

If you not change browser settings, you agree to it. The Condor not appearing on any orbital scans, the crew take to ground expeditions, their robots and tools in tow, attempting to locate the lost ship. Anonymous October 23, at 9: Articles with short description Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Polish-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from January See all 3 questions about The Invincible….

Could you please change it? These swarms display complex behavior arising from self-organization and can incapacitate any intelligent threat by a powerful surge of electromagnetic interference. An interstellar 2nd-class cruiser called Invincible, lands on Regis III, a planet that seems bleakly uninhabited.

To view it, click here. Bodies are found in the oddest positions and strange scribblings are gleaned from notebooks and soft surfaces. Cinematic, would make a good SF movie. The question of inexplicable, the bizarre, the problem that lies just beyond analytical reach are woven into a science-fiction plot that sustains excitement to the last.


For Lem, the problem is never the horror of unfamiliar alien intelligence; it’s that the encounter reveals to us how little we mean by the word “intelligence. 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.

He was a pioneer when he wrote about encountering a sentient ocean in Solaris inand an artificial machine-based micro-bot swarm intelligence in The Invincible inalmost a half century ago.

A few reviewers complained about the apparent absence of women in the story. With this book Lem is at his best.

Speculiction Review of The Invincible by Stanislaw Lem

They then discover The Condor, still intact and largely undamaged, hundreds of kilometers from the city. The starship Condor never returned after landing on Regis III, so its sister ship Invincible is dispatched on a rescue mission. Then they have their first encounter invicnible an ominous and metallic cloud that emits a strong electromagnetic field and interferes with their communications.

Invincible’ s crew mounts an escalating series of attacks invincjble the perceived enemy, but eventually recognizes the futility of their efforts in the most direct sense of the word. Invincible, and crew, are there to investigate the loss of sister ship, Condor.

The Invincible by Stanisław Lem

Auch von der Besatzung der Kondor fehlt jede Spur. Views Read Edit View history. Apr 02, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: At one invincib,e, 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. Nov 14, Nikola Pavlovic rated it it was amazing.