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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Ever more drastic methods employed in response to the knowledge revealed, or what is seemed to be revealed, Lem invncible in on humanity and its reactions to strange situations.

The Invincible by Stanisław Lem

Paperbackpages. Similarly, The Invincible was first published in Polish inthen translated to German inbut only received an English translation of the German version in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Home Books Novels The Invincible.

To view it, click here. Brilliant little book and such a sad story. But of most interest, at least to me, is the cigarette advert stuck in the middle of the book.

The ending is anti-climatic. 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.

The Invincible

What I particularly like about this novel, is sort of humbleness it gives. 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”. Only beings that reason can understand the strangeness and free themselves from the fatalism of destruction. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


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: Unfortunately, as philosophizing for Lem often tends to spill over into over-philosophizing, this usually comes at the expense of accessibility and readability.

Invincible’ s crew mounts an escalating series of attacks invinxible the perceived enemy, but eventually recognizes the futility of their efforts in the most direct sense of the word.

Luckily, I read the book in Serbian translation which was fairly stamislaw, so I didn’t have to bother about it having been originally translated into German and then into English. Anonymous October 23, at 9: Powers Hard science fiction Artificial intelligence in fiction Memory erasure and alteration in fiction Hive minds in fiction Self-replicating machines in fiction Evolution in popular culture Nanotechnology in fiction.

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? Easily one of Lem’s best staanislaw, tense and gripping — I found myself reading it at 3AM because I wanted to know what would happen next. 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”.

Svemir i ljudska glupost, mada za ovo prvo nisam siguran. 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. Auch von der Staniislaw der Kondor fehlt jede Spur.


The author tries an in my opinion succeeds to elegantly avoid going straight to the main issue of the book at least in the first half of it, instead he chooses to grow a wall of suspense around the whole plot.

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.

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Between andLem authored 17 books. He is perhaps best known as the author of Stanislqwwhich has twice been made into a feature film. The question of inexplicable, the bizarre, the problem that lies just beyond analytical reach are woven into a science-fiction plot that sustains invincuble to the last. The discovery of the horrific disaster that has befallen the Condor and the first encounters with the mysterious force behind it gradually build a growing sense of terror among the crew, which turns into genuine bafflement and a feeling of powerlessness as the enemy is revealed and proves undefeated despite all of the crew’s efforts.

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First lines – the mighty Invincible, a cruiser, tadam, just like with the US movies – lots of brass and drums, here goes a hero.