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Kosmiczny krążownik drugiej klasy Niezwyciężony ląduje na planecie Regis III.Celem przybycia statku kosmicznego jest odszukanie Kondora – bliźniaczej jednostki, która lądowała tu wcześniej i z którą stracono łączność. Zachowując najwyższe środki bezpieczeństwa załoga rozpoczyna poszukiwania. Jednocześnie naukowcy przystępują do badań planety, starając się określić źródła pKosmiczny krążownik drugiej klasy Niezwyciężony ląduje na planecie Regis III.Celem przybycia statku kosmicznego jest odszukanie Kondora – bliźniaczej jednostki, która lądowała tu wcześniej i z którą stracono łączność. Zachowując najwyższe środki bezpieczeństwa załoga rozpoczyna poszukiwania. Jednocześnie naukowcy przystępują do badań planety, starając się określić źródła potencjalnego zagrożenia. W trakcie poszukiwań zaginionego okrętu odkryte zostają nieznane konstrukcje, tworzące prawdopodobnie odpowiednik ziemskiego miasta. Podczas gdy grupa badaczy dokonuje zwiadu ruin, trzysta kilometrów dalej odnaleziony zostaje Kondor. Okazuje się, że jego załoga straciła życie w bardzo dziwnych okolicznościach. Wkrótce po tym jeden z odkrywców nagle traci całkowicie pamięć – ludzie zaczynają podejrzewać, że został zaatakowany przez nieznaną formę życia.Pozycja zawiera także:* Czy człowiek to szczyt stworzenia? Rozmowa z Piotrem Słonimskim, genetykiem, o pułapkach i ślepych uliczkach ewolucji* Cały ten złom. Posłowie prof. Jerzego Jarzębskiego...

Title : Niezwyciężony (Stanisław Lem. Dzieła #12)
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Number of Pages : 184 Pages
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Niezwyciężony (Stanisław Lem. Dzieła #12) Reviews

  • Thomas Beekers
    2018-11-10 02:42

    This science fiction tale by Stanislaw Lem is easily missed or dismissed as just a space romp, but it is much more than 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".

  • Nikola Pavlovic
    2018-10-19 00:33

    Klasicno - fantasticno! Najbolji primer kako izgleda stari klasicni Sf roman. Potresna prica o clanovima posade dva svemirska broda blizanca Kondora i Nepobedivog nece vas ostviti ravnodusnim.

  • Aleksandar Trapara
    2018-10-31 22:51

    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.

  • Buğra Aydoğan
    2018-10-31 01:41

    Yenilmez, Aden'den sonra hayal kırıklığı yaşadığım ikinci Stannislaw Lem kitabı kitabı oldu. Sinemada ve edebiyatta dünya dışı uygarlıklar hep belirli kalıplarda tasvir edilirken Lem her seferinde hayal gücünü zorluyor. Solaris'teki kadar olmasa da yine de heyecan uyandırıcı bir insana ya da "insanın yarattığına benzemeyen" yaratılmış. Ancak genel olarak belli başlı bilim kurgu klişelerine gömülmüş. Özellikle bazı noktalarda fazlasıyla H.P Lovecraft'ın Deliliğin Dağlarında kitabından esinlenildiğini söyleyebilirim.

  • keskese
    2018-10-28 02:37

    To już oficjalne - Lem wielkim pisarzem jest. ;) Jestem pod ogromnym wrażeniem tego dość pesymistycznego podejścia do pisania s-f. Właśnie tego mi brakowało w większości książek o kosmosie, pierwszym kontakcie i podróżach międzygalaktycznych - tej przysłowiowej łyżki dziegciu. To taki Schopenhauer polskiej fantastyki naukowej.Czas zabrać się za coś innego, bo wpadnę w Lemomanię.BARDZO polecam. 9/10, póki co moja druga - zaraz po "Solaris" i ex aequo z "Edenem" - ulubiona powieść Lema.

  • Danijel
    2018-11-13 21:44

    Science-fiction u punom smislu riječi, i to čak sa starog kontinenta. Sram me priznati što se prvi put susrećem s ovim poljskim velikanom, SF-a Stanislawom Lemom; no zadovoljstvo i čast upoznavanja je bilo moje. Tema je prvi susret, krstarica Nepobjedivi dolazi na naizgled pusti planet Regis III, u potrazi za nestalom krstaricom Kondor. Polagano počinju upoznavati ovaj neobičan svijet, sudbinu nasukanih i neobičan smjer evolucije životnih oblika na ovome planetu. Lem koristi niz zanimljivih tema znanstvene fantastike, i širi neke svoje vlastite konstrukte. Studiozno pristupa svemu, evoluciji, životu, tehnologiji, odnosima; i pritom rabi mnoštvom elemenata tvrdokuhanog SF-a. Ovo su samo neke od tema koje istražuje - mikromašine, mrtva evolucija, polje sila, AI, susret s neopisivom stranim civilizacijama; plus kao da je čovjek pokupio desetak doktorata iz svih područja društveno-prirodnih znanosti. I sve je to ispričano takvom vjerodostojnošću i sigurnošću da čovjek jednostavno mora povjerovati da je sav taj technobabble istina.Po meni roman završava već na 140. stranici, kad zapovjednik Rohan kontemplatira o ideji romana; ostalih pedesetak stranica samo je epilog, borba jednog čovjeka s nepoznatim u stilu starih pulp SF pričica… Budući da znamo u kojem je režimu nastao Nepobjedivi, mogu samo reći da odsutno socijalističko-utopijsko uljepšavanje stvari i propagandni nonsens. Lemov svijet opisuje stvarno stran oblik života i nepojmljiv ljudskom shvaćanju; može se boriti s njime, no nikad ga neće spoznati u potpunosti ili pobijediti. Ljudi su krhki i goli naspram tisućljećima evolucije nativnih oblika života na Regisu III, pokušavaju se sukobiti s tuđincima, u ovom slučaju više prirodnoj sili planeta. Ne pomažu niti razna tehnološka pojačanja ni demonstracije snage koja samo pokazuju oholost ljudske vrste koja misli da može samo tako narušavati prirodni poredak, svemirski poredak. Sličnu temu je obrađivao i Solaris, Eden ili Fijasko… To su definitivno romani s kojima ću nastaviti istraživati Lemov svijet!"Koliko takvih nevjerojatnih, ljudskom shvaćanju stranih pojava možda krije u sebi Svemir? Zar trebamo svuda stići s razornom silom na brodovima, da bismo smrvili sve ono što je u suprotnosti s našim shvaćanjem? Čovjek se, shvatio je to sada bez riječi, još nije uzdigao na pravu visinu, još nije zaslužio tako lijepo nazvanu galaktocentričnu visinu, koja se, odavno proslavljena, ne zasniva na tome da treba tražiti samo sebi slične i samo takve shvatiti, nego na tome da se čovjek ne miješa u neljudske, tuđe probleme."

  • Kora
    2018-11-11 22:36

    (view spoiler)["Rohan, kome raketni pištolj beše ispao iz ruke, nije ni znao kada je skliznuo niz bok mašine i kada je, posrćući i stupajući neprirodno krupnim koracima, stiskajući pesnice da bi prigušio nesnosno drhtanje prstiju, pošao pravo ka dvadesetospratnom brodu, koji je u poplavi svetla, na podlozi jutarnjeg neba, stajao tako veličanstven u svojoj nepomičnoj veličini, kao da je odista bio nepobediv."(hide spoiler)]Koliko dobru knjigu treba da napišeš i da možeš da je završiš sa naslovom, a da ne bude kliše već badass?E pa, ovako dobru knjigu.

  • Krešimir Mecing
    2018-10-18 22:43

    Umjesto "dobro, ovdje nismo dobrodošli, nije naš planet, idemo kući.", ovo djelo nam donosi "s koliko bojnih glava još raspolažemo?" Mehanički "Pitch black", u kojem je autor odlično dočarao osjećaj nelagode, nemoći i straha od nepoznatog. Definitivno vrh sf-a.

  • Ivan Lutz
    2018-10-30 00:55

    Razmišljajući o Lemu čovjek se zaista upita:“ Kako netko može tako dobro pisati? „ Još ni jedna knjiga koju sam pročitao nije imala zamjerke na izričaj i atmosferu te superiorne opise jedinstvene u cijelom svjetskom SF opusu. Tu ubrajam i navikane američke i britanske SF magove koji su marketinški uvijek bolje stajali od Stanislava.Da je Nepobjedivog napisao, štajaznam, npr. Clarke ili Heinlein, već bi bilo nekoliko filmova na temu ove knjige,jer je po meni ovo knjiga s najviše akcije, što se naravno Lemovog opusa tiče. A da je kojim slučajem Lem pisao nešto drugo mimo znanstvene fantastike (iako je nakon Fijaska pod stare dane pisao čistu književnost i eseje), uz ovakve poruke i uz ovakvo shvaćanje ljudske psihe i kritike svega što je ljudski i nesavršeno - vjerojatno bi bio dobar kandidat za Nobelovu nagradu za književnost.„Nepobjedivi“ je intergalaktička krstarica koja prati trag druge intergalaktičke krstarice „Kondor“, te ju dovodi na pješčani planet surovih vremenskih prilika - Regis III u zviježđu Lira, ako se dobro sjećam.Zapovjednik Horpah (Astrogator) je neumoljiv i pravi vojnik starog kova kojemu je čast i služenje vojsci, te vjera u ispravne odluke jedino za čime žudi i jedino što ga zanima.Njegov budući prvi časnik Rohan, koji je i glavni lik cijelog romana, predvodi skupinu do Kondora. Prolazeći kroz pješčani planet koriste razne uređaje i strojeve koji su i danas izvan svog vremena, pa tako i meni omiljeni Kiklop.Kondor je devastiran a posade nema. Horor opis napuštenog broda od kojeg se i sada ježim kada se sjetim. Nalaze samo nepotpune podatke i nekoliko čudnih dokaza da su ljudi zapravo bili ovdje. Npr..najstrašnije što vide je sapun u kojemu se vide tragovi ljudskih zubi. Mislim, nije strašno, ali je jezovito.Nešto kasnije kreću u potragu vođeni tragovima i nailaze na nekoliko „bića“ koja nisu prijateljski nastrojena. Rohan shvaća da su na ovom planetu strojevi u nekoj vrsti evolucijske promjene i da se bore za svoje preživljavanje. Evolucija strojeva kao nekoliko vrsta koje su zavladale planetom je nesvakidašnja i jedina takve vrste u cijelom opusu znanstvene fantastike. Strojevi su prikazani kao neinteligentni, hladni i instinktivni. S njima je komunikacija zapravo nemoguća. Horpah uvidjevši da ih ne može pobijediti, ni obuzdati naređuje Rohanu povratak sa ekspedicije iz koje se vraća potpuno sam jer su ostali njegovi suborci pobijeni u mističnoj potrazi za članovima Kondora. Na kraju ipak uspijeva doći do Nepobjedivog, ali gorak okus koji knjiga daje na samom kraju može se uopćiti s onom starom Einsteinovom:“Dvije su stvari beskonačne: Svemir i ljudska glupost, mada za ovo prvo nisam siguran.“ Nepobjedivi je tiho pobijeđen, a strojevi su nastavili svoj evolucijski razvoj.

  • Stuart
    2018-11-15 03:37

    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 many more English 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 works more skillfully 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 much more influence he might have had on the Western SF scene if his works had been translated more quickly 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 a more satirical 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 find more readers thanks to the new translations and audiobook versions.

  • Mark
    2018-11-02 02:56

    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.

  • Łukasz Wikierski
    2018-10-23 00:34

    Skusiłem się na audiobooka, mimo tego, że łatwiej koncentruję się na tekście pisanym jak czytanym, ze względu na formę słuchowiska. Nie zawiodłem się! Wspaniała tematyka - kontakt ludzi z nieziemski bytami, pełna dylematów, grozy, niewiadomych. Do tego oprawa dźwiękowa, aktorzy, a nie sam suchy lektor. Innymi słowy: Lem w najlepszej formie i wykonaniu.

  • Mövlüd
    2018-10-31 23:54

    Yazardan indiyədək oxuduğum ən təsirli kitablardan birisi oldu deyə bilərəm. Lem qeyri- müəyyən olan qarşısındakı insanın çarəsizliyini təsvir etmədə çox böyük ustaddır, bundan əmin oldum bir daha. Roman uzaq gələcəkdə qalaktikanın bir başqa sistemində Regis III planetində uzun müddət əvvəl əlaqənin kəsildiyi və taleyinin müəmmada qaldığı "Condor" gəmisinin axtarışı ilə başlayır. Axtarış eyni tipdə "Məğlubedilməz" kreyseri və təcrübəli kapitan Horpach və onun birinci müavini Rohan rəhbərliyində aparılır. "Məğlubedilməz" yüzə yaxın müxtəlif sahələrdən mütəxəssislər, işçilər heyətindən ibarət olduqca böyük, ən yüksək texnologiyalarla təchiz olunmuş və yüksək effektivliyə sahib silahlarla təmin olunmuş kosmik gəmidir. İllər əvvəl "Condor" Regis III planetinin araşdırılması zamanı qəfildən gəmi ilə rabitə itir. Orbitdən planetin ətraflı araşdırılması və "Condor" heyətinə nə olduğunun öyrənilməsi mümkün olmadığından "Məğlubedilməz" sistemə göndərilir və Regis III' ə enir. Texnoloji imkanlara baxmayaraq planetin dəmir tərkibinin yüksək olmasına görə gəmini cihazlarla axtarmaq mümkün olmur. Daha sonra kapitan Horpach heyətini üç hissəyə bölür; birisini "Condor" un axtarışına, birisini planetdə həyatın varlığını araşdırmaq məqsədilə sahil bölgəsinə, digərini isə şəhərə bənzətdikləri xarabalığı tədqiq etməyə göndərir. "Condor" tapılır və heyətinin məlum olmayan səbəblərdən ölmüş olduğu aşkara çıxır. Heç bir qarşıdurmanın baş vermədiyi məlum olur, sahib olduqları enerji, qida və texnologiya baxımından uzun müddət planetə və onun təbii şəraitinə davam gətirəcək heyətin başına gələnlər bir müddət sirr olaraq qalır. Endikləri dünyanı araşdırarkən "Məğlubedilməz" heyəti Yer bənzəri təkamüllə qarşılaşırlar. Suda həyat var. Atmosfer nisbətən dünyamız atmosferinə yaxın dəyərlərdədir, mövcud metan faizini çıxmaqla (4%).Canlıların sudan quruya nə üçün çıxmadıqları, ya da çıxmışlarsa, qarşılaşdıqları təhlükənin nə olduğu barədə bir müddət baş sındıran tədqiqatçılar yavaş- yavaş Regis III' ün dünyaya oxşarlıq parametrlərinin nə qədər də az olduğunu anlayırlar. Planetdə canlı həyatın qarşılaşdığı təhlükə ilə qarşılaşan "Məğlubedilməz", gəminin öz adı ilə ironik olaraq bir çox hadisə qarşısında şüursuz varlıqların bizim qarşımızdakı acizliyi vəziyyətinə düşür. Qarşılaşdıqlarının şüurlu olması da vacib deyil; yad bir təkamül, bizə yad həyatda qalma mübarizəsi, təşkil olunduğumuz həyatda qalma sistemlərinin fərqliliyi iki qrup arasında avantaj və dezavantajlara çevrilir. Bir növ olaraq heç də bütün biliklərə sahib deyilik, kosmos barəsindəki bildiklərimiz bilmədiklərimizin yanında ancaq zərrədir. Və yaratdığımıza "Məğlubedilməz" adı verməklə, onun ən son texnoloji silahlarla təchiz olunması ilə kosmosun qaranlıq sahillərində əmin addımlar atacağına əmin olmadan əvvəl bir daha düşünmək lazımdır.

  • Hugo
    2018-11-03 21:47

    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 necroevolución, una evolución de entidades inorgánicas, 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 tradición de la ciencia ficción clásica esta visto de una manera muy original. Se encuentra vida en otros planetas como seres orgánicos 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)]

  • Katya
    2018-10-24 04:47

    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.

  • Mathew
    2018-10-26 20:59

    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.

  • Lukasz
    2018-11-02 03:56

    Wiele lat zbierałem się do Lema i chyba właśnie zostąłem jego fanem.

  • Martin
    2018-10-19 20:50

    Na doporučení jsem si jako první knihu od Lema přečetl právě tuto a rozhodně nelituji. Na to, že originál vyšel ještě před Gagarinem (1964), je mnoho nápadů pěkně rozmyšlených, byť jiné samozřejmě působí dnes (po padesáti letech) úsměvně. Hlavní myšlenka však přežívá a zůstane aktuální asi vždy.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-01 01:33

    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).

  • J.j. Metsavana
    2018-10-17 21:00

    Üks ulme põnevamaid teemasid ja esitada võivaid küsimusi on minu arvates seotud kohtumisega tundmatuga. Võõraste arusaamatute rasside ja olendikooslustega ja selles osas on Lem suurepärane autor. Ka antud teoses on ta loonud pööraselt veidra ja üsnagi negatiivse pildi ühest inimkonna kohtumisest millegagi mida nad ei suuda mõista. Lemi tegelastele (ja üleüldiselt ka inimkonnale) omaselt püütakse kummalist nähtust suruda teadlaste poolt teooriatesse ning alistada seda pommide ning antimateeriaga, kuid soovitud lahendust ei teki. Lõpuks vannuvad alla ka kõige võimsamad tankid ning ka teooriad hakkavad lagunema ja kaheldavaks muutuma.Ka ülesehituselt väga hea jutt, mis algab alguses ulja pääste- ja uurimisretkena ning muutub aegamööda peaaegu õudusjutuks ja seejärel märulirohkeks põnevikuks. Lemi teosed on aegadega omandanud enda stiililt huvitava anakronistliku hard-sf mõõtme. Kiirendustelt, jõududelt jms numbritelt on temapuhul tegemist pedantselt täpsete tekstideg aga samas mõjuvad kõik ta seadmed tehniliste anakronismidena (perfolintidega programeerimised jms). Vähemalt mulle pakub selline vastuolu suurt lõbu ning annab tekstile iseäraliku laheda õhustiku. Tegemist on justkui teise reaalsusega, kus maal ei arenenud kunagi võimast mikroelekrtoonika tööstust ja pigem hakkasid valitsevad diktaatorlikud impeeriumid paiskama õhku üha võimsamaid tuumareaktoreid (paraleelmaailm mis sarnane "Mees kõrges lossis" kirjeldatuga). Igaljuhul väga mõnus teos ja hinne neli on kindlasti tugeva plussiga ja tingitud sissejuhatusest, mis läks natuke liiga pikaks.Vigade parandus: Mõtlesin järgi ja panin viie ära.

  • Reinhold
    2018-10-22 23:02

    Auf dem Planeten Regis 3 ist der mächtige, schier unbesiegbare Raumkreuzer Kondor verschollen. So wird das Schwesterschiff Der Unbesiegbare zu dem Planeten entsandt um das Rätsel über das Verschwinden der Kondor zu lösen. Als die Kondor gefunden wird, bleibt zunächst alles so unerklärlich wie zuvor. Regis 3 war ganz offenbar einmal belebt und dennoch gibt es keine organischen Überreste der vergangenen Zivilisation. Auch von der Besatzung der Kondor fehlt jede Spur. Bald findet man jedoch eine unbekannte Art von Leben(?). Schwärme von autonomen Miniaturrobotern, die sich in Jahrmillionen technischer Evolution selbständig weiterentwickelt haben sind ein schier unbesiegbarer Feind.Lem erzählt eine wunderbare Geschichte und lässt dem Leser viel Platz für eigene Interpretation. Das Buch ist wesentlich tiefgründiger als die Geschichte zunächst vermuten lässt. Es ist eine Warnung vor Technologiegläubigkeit aber auch eine Infragestellung der menschlichen Transzendenz. Lem gehört seit jeher zu meinen Lieblingsautoren - und diese Liebe wurde mit eben diesem Buch eingeleitet, das man gerne immer wieder zur Hand nimmt um es zu lesen. Das liegt auch daran, dass Stanislaw Lem sprachlich zu den besten Autoren gehört. Sein Erzählstil ist wunderbar und der Leser kann sich dem Werk kaum entziehen. Seine Figuren sind glaubhaft, tiefgründig und entwickeln sich wunderbar.Dieses Buch ist eine uneingeschränkte Empfehlung für alle Liebhaber tiefgründiger Science Fiction. Es ist ein Buch das zum Nachdenken anregt und eine Überprüfung des eigenen Weltbildes einfordert.

  • Tracey
    2018-11-04 00:54

    Checked out The Invincible by Stanislaw Lem as my November Amazon Prime Lending Library book... Lem is an author I feel I should have read as a SF fan, so am finally getting around to his works. Is it just me, or is naming your starship Invincible kinda asking for it? Especially when you're heading toward an apparently lifeless planet on which another ship has already disappeared? While the characters are pretty much one-dimensional standins, that's not what this novel is about. 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 some relatively exciting battle scenes that are well-drawn; and the gradual reveal of the robotic lifeforms is fascinating, as is the discovery of what happened to the missing ship and its crew. 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. I enjoyed the novel and would recommend it if you're into SF tech; but don't see myself returning to it anytime soon.

  • Laura
    2018-11-06 04:40

    Para la tercera edición del Club de Lectura Otto eligió uno de sus libros favoritos de ciencia ficción. Como sabía lo importante que es este autor para ella tenía muchas ganas de que me gustara, pero no pude entrar en sintonía. Es la primera vez que leo un libro de este tipo y me di cuenta que la charla tecnológica no es lo mío. Me costaba concentrarme y mi mente se encontraba vagando por los aires mientras iba avanzando con la lectura. Por eso avancé muy lento y en varios momentos se me hizo pesado. Pero tuvo muchos otros que me mantenían enganchada y que hicieron que fuera todo más ameno. Es raro, pero creo que habría disfrutado mucho más la historia si hubiera sido una película >.<Le reconozco que para la época este libro debe haber sido una rareza y que al mismo tiempo es atemporal. Lo cual no es poco y me parece admirable.

  • Daveski
    2018-11-02 02:39

    Really fantastic classic sci-fi. The only other novel by Lem that I've read is Solaris, which is something I'm trying to fix. This one is a more straightforward adventure story, where a spaceship and its crew are investigating an unexplored planet where a previous craft had disappeared. The "inhabitants" of the planet are so alien that they aren't even "alive" by the standards of man, and the most interesting parts of the novel are the attempts to study and understand them. Lem explores the ideas of the creation and evolution of life, and the limit of man's understanding of these concepts. Highly recommended to fans of any sort of science-fiction.

  • Kain
    2018-10-30 20:43

    Trochę bałem się podchodzić do Lema, ze względu na dość dużą wiekowość jego utworów. Powiem jednak, że pierwsze prawdziwe (pełne) zetknięcie wyszło bardzo dobrze. Pomimo kilku znaków czasu, utwór jest nadal aktualny i sprawdza się bardzo dobrze wśród innych z gatunku.Thriller kosmiczny, bardzo ciekawy. Teraz w pełni rozumiem dlaczego Lem to klasyk.Dodatkowo zachwycony jestem wykonaniem audiobooka w formie słuchowiska z aktorami i Czubówną jako narrator.Dlaczego tego jeszcze nikt nie zekranizował? Hollywood heloł...

  • Van Choojitarom
    2018-11-17 00:44

    Another rip-roaring space adventure from Lem; like "Eden," "Fiasco" or "Solaris" Lem's astronauts boldly go through a glass darkly to thrilling encounters with insanity, meaninglessness, all-too human motives and the sheer unintelligibility of the universe on anthropomorphic terms. 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." Something for the Spinozist in all of us.

  • Roger
    2018-11-03 04:58

    A short, raw, tight novel from Lem, dealing, in his inimitable manner, with an investigation of a ruined spaceship on a planet that holds a truly disturbing secret. One of Lem's best, this is true Verne-style futurizing.

  • Gülsen Sırma
    2018-10-17 04:54

    Yenilmez yavaş ilerlemesine ve ilk başlarda aşırı betimlemesi olmasına rağmen kesinlikle çok farklı bir kurgu. Dünya'daki evrimleşmenin bir benzerinin olduğu, aynı zamanda bu evrimleşmenin Dünya'dan çok farklı bir fiziki şekilde oluştuğu Regis III gezegeni olayların geçtiği mekan. Dünya'dan daha önce bu gezegene gelmiş Kondor adlı gemi ve mürettabatının akibetini öğrenmek için gezegene gelen Yenilmez adlı gemi ve mürettabatının, bu evrimleşme ve yarattığı ilginç varlıkların birbirleriyle olan mücadelesini ve aralarındaki iletişimsizliği anlatan kitap bu yönüyle farklı bir kurgu ortaya koymuş. İlk başlardaki gezegeni tanıtma amacıyla yapılan aşırı betimleme beni çok sıktı. Fakat ileride, bu acaip evrim ve yarattıkları ile insanların arasındaki mücadele hayli ilginçti. “Hiçbir anlamı yok ki, diye düşündü. Onlar yok etmek istiyor, biz de, hepimiz bir şeyi yok etmek istiyoruz, ama bu şekilde hiç kimseyi kurtarmıyoruz. Regis yerleşilmemiş bir yer, insanın burada hiçbir işi yok. O halde bu kemikleşmiş inat niye?”Aslında olaylar yukarıdaki alıntı çerçevesinde gelişiyor. Farklı bir kurgu okumak isteyenler için tavsiye edebilirim.

  • Kübra Erkul
    2018-11-02 23:39

    3.5hem yazarın anlatım tarzından sanırım hem de çevirisinden kaynaklı bir türlü kitaba odaklanamadım. o kadar uzun cümleler o kadar uzun paragraflar(4 sayfalık paragraf vardı) vardı ki! yani bilimsel konuda bilmediğim bir sürü yabancı terimlerle bu kadar uzun cümleleri defalarca okusam da anlayamıyordum. konusu güzel, atmosfer iyi ama maalesef anlaşılırlık sıfır.

  • Lucia
    2018-10-22 21:42

    **Leído para el Club de Lectura**En la tercera entrega del Club de Lectura fue mi turno elegir el libro, y me decidí por El Invencible, de Stanisław Lem. (Review in english to come soon! don't read the Goodreads synopsis, it spoils the whole plot o__o)Considero a Lem mi autor favorito de Ciencia Ficción y quería elegir alguna de sus obras para compartir con el Club. A pesar de que ya había leído dos veces este libro, tenía buenos recuerdos de él y me pareció que contenía todo lo que me gusta de este autor y de la Ciencia Ficción en general, además de ser menos denso que Solaris (en mi memoria al menos). Al final me alegro de haberlo elegido porque lo disfruté muchísimo, e incluso tuve que subirle una estrella al puntaje que le había dado originalmente.El Invencible, la mayor de las naves con la que cuenta la base de la constelación de Lira, es enviado al planeta Regis III con la misión de investigar la desaparición del Condor, otra nave de igual envergadura. Luego de que el Condor informara de su aterrizaje en el planeta no volvió a transmitir otras comunicaciones inteligibles, por lo que es un total misterio el destino de la nave y sus 80 tripulantes. El libro narra la exploración de Regis III en busca de pistas que ayuden a develar el misterio, y los sorprendentes hallazgos de los tripulantes del Invencible.Si hay algo que admiro de Lem, es la habilidad que tenía para hacer en 1960 una descripción detallada de los mecanismos de aterrizaje de una nave espacial, siendo a la vez lo suficientemente vago para que en el 2014 no parezca anticuada en lo más mínimo. Esto mismo sucede con su descripción de naves, robots y armas, quizas a un físico o un ingeniero en robótica le causen risa, pero ante mis conocimientos inexpertos suena plausible la evolución de la tecnología que se plantea.Es un libro lento, más de lo que recordaba, pero el clima de suspenso que genera es impecable, otra review lo compara con el ritmo de las películas de Hitchcock y siento que estoy de acuerdo. La historia narra por un lado el meticuloso procedimiento de exploración del planeta, describiéndolo todo con extremo detalle, y por otro lado las reflexiones morales y éticas respecto a los hallazgos que allí se realizan. Esto ultimo es algo que disfruto enormemente en las novelas de Lem, su genio no está tanto en las historias que imagina sino más bien en los dilemas morales y filosóficos que estas plantean. También encontré sumamente entretenidas las discusiones de los científicos en la historia, tanto las hipótesis que se van planteando, como los detalles que los expertos de cada area consideran interesantes, algunos directamente perdiendo de vista el objetivo principal de la misión con tal de explorar un determinado aspecto del planeta.Otra cosa que me parece destacable es que finalmente no queda nada sin explicar, las hipótesis planteadas cubren casi todos los fenómenos, aunque al ser hipótesis también existe la posibilidad de que estén todas completamente equivocadas, nunca lo sabremos ;)En fin, un libro totalmente recomendable para cualquier fan de la Ciencia Ficción, que a más de 50 años de su publicación sigue siendo actual, y que después de una tercera lectura sigue siendo completamente disfrutable.