Stanislaw Lem - Solaris
We've considered reading this one at the club many times, but never have. I've never read it at all, though I've read some of his other, more humerous and biting works. I've always been intrigued by Lem's more serious books, including this and His Master's Voice. So naturally, this article caught my eye.
The author argues that:
In many ways, Solaris is an anti-novel. Its main character, Kris Kelvin—at times stoic and collected, at times cold and aloof—is more an anti-hero than a typical protagonist. Like many science fiction novels from that era, a compelling concept sits at the heart of the story: confronting or making contact with an alien intelligence. But where other novels might play up the idea of a living, conscious ocean to entertaining effect, Lem deflates our expectations: Instead of concluding with a more conventional or satisfying ending, the reader is left with an anti-climax and anti-resolution.
Which reminds me a lot of Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky Brothers. Any thoughts?