Classic Radio Sci-Fi

  • by Stanislaw Lem
  • Narrated by Ron Cook, Joanne Froggatt
  • 1 hrs and 53 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Protagonist Kris Kelvin arrives at a scientific research station hovering above the surface of Solaris, where research has been ongoing for years on the strange ocean life form. When Kris and his colleagues become more aggressive in trying to force contact with Solaris, the ocean's response is to experiment with the researchers' minds by confronting them with their most painful and repressed thoughts and memories through the materialization of complex human constructs. Kris is confronted with the manifestation of his deceased wife and his guilt over her suicide, but whatever seems to be tormenting the other researchers appears to be much worse.

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Classy, intelligent sci-fi

It took me a couple of reads to get into this story when I first read it. Lem is not your average sci-fi hack. Even the movie with George Clooney was difficult to watch (mainly because it, like the written story, breaks many sci-fi rules). This audio play may be the best way to experience Solaris, and to understand what is going on. It is elegantly directed and performed. It's not for whizz-bang sci-fi fans. This isn't Asimov. But if you're ready for something different, this may surprise you. If you already know Lem, it will please you.
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- Thomas

Hauntingly beautiful

Would you listen to Classic Radio Sci-Fi again? Why?

Yes, this was very well done. Every time i listen i get something else out of it.


What other book might you compare Classic Radio Sci-Fi to and why?

Not sure about other book but this is even better than the 2002 film and i didnt think it possible.


What does Ron Cook and Joanne Froggatt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nice job, characters felt so real... I could feel Kris's pain, his longing to be with his wife again.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can miracles be cruel?


Any additional comments?

Please make more of these adaptations, like other stanislaw lem books. Really fabulous job with this. I can listen to it over and over and over.

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- Asenath Waite

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-15-2008
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited