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The tone of the book starts out in a very '60s hard-sf vein, veers towards horror a bit in the middle, then eventually focuses on the technical and moral dilemma faced by the crew as they try to avoid their predecessors' fate. The main theme of the book is the futility of humans' hubristic attempt to conquer (or at least understand) the universe which surrounds them; the quality of the writing (just) saves it from being heavy-handed.
It's a pretty good read and more approachable than some of Lem's other books (an interesting contrast for fans, I would say), such as _Solaris_, which draws on some of the same ideas. Try to find a version which was translated directly from Polish if you can (one US edition was translated from an earlier German translation!). Might be a good book to get someone with an interest in hard sf into Lem's work.
I will not reveal much about the content, but just a hint: the title "Invincible" is of course referring to the name of the proud space cruiser exploring planet Regis III, but NOT only to it. This story is really trying to stick to some scientific probability (sub gender hard-fiction). It was also written in the late 50s and sometimes the climate is similar to the one in "The Forbidden Planet" movie. But this is NOT a monster story - what awaits the crew of "Invincible" (and especially its First Officer Rohan) on the planet Regis III is MUCH worse (and much better) than any monster. Curious already? Buy it, read it, love it, never forget it.
And try to think - what the perfection could look like?
This book will remain a timeless classic read as long as there is one person who seeks answers to those questions.
In short, put this book on top of your must-read list. If you thought that OSC's Ender's Game is the best Philosopical Sci Fi story ever, this book will nudge it to the second place for you. Enjoy!
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I think Lem is the best science fiction writer in the world, and this book confirms me in this view. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by David Blood-Deschamps
Stanislaw Lem wrote a great, technical/hard science fiction novel that relies quite a bit on plausible scientific theory and logical reasoning. Read morePublished 2 months ago by christopher ferraro
Lem is the only SF writer I have read that can imagine the truly alien. Not just little green men invaders or westerns in space but something non-human in every way.Published 2 months ago by David Home
Having read all the great reviews of the book, I had high expectations for the writing and the story, both disappointing and average at best. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dee Feng
Quick read that is both entertaining and thought provoking. The ending was abrupt but on the whole foreshadows the age of nanobots.Published 3 months ago by HPBandit
Lem may be one of the most underrated, under-appreciated science fiction authors of the 20th Century, and there may be a very good reason. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Colin Powell
Just read the first chapter so far, and this is real classic "outer-space adventure" at its very, exquisitely well-written best (that's LEM... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jaime Hudson