One of Stanisław Lem's fundamental themes is that even if there were alien life in outer space, we would never be able to understand it or communicate with it, a theme instantiated in Solaris. This paper argues that two dialectics of the alien encounter—aggressivity vs. non-aggressivity and comprehension vs. non-comprehension—define a schema within which Fiasco, Eden, Solaris and The Invincibles can be interpreted.

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