Solaris is a planet that orbits a binary star system. The surface is almost completely covered by a living, sentient ocean, there are just a few small, rocky islands which are mainly located in the southern hemisphere. Planet Solaris has a diameter of about 15 307.5 km which would make it roughly a fifth bigger than Earth.
The planet has two suns, one of which is red, while the other is blue. The size of these suns is unknown, however, their colorations are a good indication of temperature, with the blue sun being the hotter of the two. Solaris’ atmosphere contains no oxygen and is therefore naturally uninhabitable for humans.
Although later proven to be false, it was first believed that planets in binary star systems always had violently unstable orbits. Planet Solaris’ ocean is capable of creating and controlling magnetic fields, possibly even gravitational fields. This enables the sentient ocean to actually stabilize the planet’s orbit. This was what drew the attention of scientists, who began to study the unbelievable nature of the planet and its ocean.
The Living Ocean
The only inhabitant of planet Solaris is the ocean, weighing billions of tons and made up of an amorphous organic matrix. This is an entirely unnatural lifeform, having no visible cells, organs or nervous system. Over the years, humans have made countless attempts to communicate with the ocean, with little success. Occasionally, the ocean will show an interest in the experiments of Humans. At other times, it completely ignores them. The scientific classification of the ocean is as follows:
- Type – Politera
- Category – Metamorphe
- Class – Syncytialia
Structures on the Surface
The ocean of planet Solaris creates complex structures on its surface. Scientists have studied and classified these structures and gargantuan for many years, yet their purpose remains a mystery. Some of these structures last a few weeks while others disappear in a few minutes. A common characteristic of all of them is that they all self-destruct and their material returns to the matrix of the ocean. Some of the classifications are as follows:
- Longus – Long, snake-like structures that run for miles along the surface.
- Agilus – Flexible structures which look like tubular trees with no leaves.
- Mimoide – Structures emulating rocky outcrops.
- Vertebroides – Structures which extend upwards and look similar to the trunks of trees.
- Mountain-tree – Large tree-like structures consisting of solid rings rather than branches.
- Asymmetriade – Spikey-looking asymmetrical structures with main stems from which various thin, branch-like structures extend.
- Symmetriade – Spikey-looking symmetrical structures with main stems from which various thin, branch-like structures extend.
Visitors of Solaris
The ocean is aware of Humans on its surface and is able to indirectly interact with them. It is capable of reading people’s minds and creating a replica of a person. The replicas are made up of neutrinos, which gives them superhuman abilities, however, they look and behave just like normal Humans.
Solaris is a planet from the novel entitled Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. The book is about the nature of human experience, memory and the inadequacy of communication between human and non-human species. In the novel, human scientists probe and examine the ocean’s surface from a research station hovering above. Little do they know, the sentient planet is simultaneously studying them, probing and examining their thoughts. Planet Solaris will soon manifest each of scientists’ guilty concerns and secrets for them to confront, in human form.