“If Only We Could Communicate with Him”. Technique, Communication and Media in Stanisław Lem’s Eden

The objective of this article is to interpret the early novel by Stanisław Lem, Eden, in the context of the development of new media and advanced mass communication techniques. How are Lem’s conclusions, made over a half century ago, reflected in the media reality of the 21st century? Have Lem’s predictions regarding the evolution of information society proven true? Are the media a relevant reference point in the Solaris author’s prose? The answers to these questions are in some sense provided by the discussion of the novel Eden, in which people try to make contact with the inhabitants or an unknown planet – neither science, nor the achievements of modern technology are useful in this, somewhat difficult, task.