Solaris Setting & Symbolism

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Solaris

Solaris is a planet that orbits two suns, a red sun and a blue sun. According to astronomical laws, the orbit of Solaris should be unstable, and the planet should crash into one of the suns. However, based on observation, the planet Solaris is defying the laws of physics and maintaining a stable orbit. The planet is covered with a mysterious ocean that defies scientists' understanding.

The Ocean of Solaris

The ocean that covers the planet Solaris is an organic form unlike anything known to science. Scientists try to study it, but they cannot come to any definite conclusions about it. The ocean somehow stabilizes the orbit of its planet and prevents it from crashing into the sun. The ocean creates giant forms out of the water. Some scientists believe that the ocean of Solaris is a living, self-aware creature. At the beginning of the novel, Kelvin...

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