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Arkady Strugatsky (1925–1991)

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Popular science-fiction writers, the Strugatsky brothers have used the genre since the 1960s to comment on contemporary society, at times provoking major controversy. It's Hard to Be a God (1964) is a dysutopia with commentary on historical theories. The Snail on the Slope (1966--68) features a vis mere KGB-like organization and an extraordinarily oppressive atmosphere. Pre-glasnost, glasnost, some of the Strugatskys' major works had to be circulated in samizdat, but the brothers' situation is now dramatically better. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Arkady Strugatsky

Roadside Picnic (1972) — Forfatter — 3,418 eksemplarer
Svært at være Gud (1964) 955 eksemplarer
Monday Begins on Saturday (1965) — Forfatter — 601 eksemplarer
The Doomed City (1989) 414 eksemplarer
The Dead Mountaineer's Inn (1970) 403 eksemplarer
Definitely Maybe (1976) 357 eksemplarer
Sneglespor (1968) 270 eksemplarer
The Time Wanderers (1986) 207 eksemplarer
Prisoners of Power (1971) 181 eksemplarer
Beetle in the Anthill (1979) 165 eksemplarer
Roadside Picnic / Tale of the Troika (1977) 155 eksemplarer
Noon: 22nd Century (1961) 151 eksemplarer
Århundredets fristelser (1965) 139 eksemplarer
The Ugly Swans (1972) 135 eksemplarer
The Inhabited Island (1969) 133 eksemplarer
Far Rainbow (1963) 90 eksemplarer
Space Mowgli (1984) 77 eksemplarer
The Second Invasion from Mars (1968) 44 eksemplarer
Space Apprentice (1981) 43 eksemplarer
Tale of the Troika (1977) 41 eksemplarer
Хромая судьба (1982) 37 eksemplarer
The Kid from Hell (1974) 25 eksemplarer
Gesammelte Werke 3 (2011) 21 eksemplarer
Escape Attempt [novella] (1962) 18 eksemplarer
Obitaemyy ostrov (1990) 17 eksemplarer
Khishchnye Veshchi Veka (1999) 16 eksemplarer
Die Last des Bösen (1991) 11 eksemplarer
Strana Bagrovykh Tuch (1997) 10 eksemplarer
Atomvulkan Golkonda (1961) 10 eksemplarer
Stalker : pícnic extraterrestre (2015) 9 eksemplarer
Destination Amaltheia (1960) 7 eksemplarer
Six Matches {short story} (1958) 5 eksemplarer
Stalker (2021) 5 eksemplarer
Ďábel mezi lidmi (1993) 5 eksemplarer
Väikemees (2014) 4 eksemplarer
La città condannata (2020) 4 eksemplarer
Daleka Tęcza ; Próba ucieczki (1988) 4 eksemplarer
Сказка о Тройке (2012) 4 eksemplarer
Disquiet (2011) 4 eksemplarer
Hazatérés Delelő, 22. század (2015) 3 eksemplarer
Végállomás : Amalthea (2018) 3 eksemplarer
Kontakt med verdensrommet (1984) 3 eksemplarer
The Molecular Cafe 3 eksemplarer
Keskpäeva varjud (2015) 3 eksemplarer
Kapitän Bykow (2013) 3 eksemplarer
MetaGalaktika 6 3 eksemplarer
L'auberge de l'alpiniste mort (1988) 2 eksemplarer
Tierra fantasy (1986) 2 eksemplarer
Put na Amal teyu (2005) 2 eksemplarer
Cценарии (1993) 2 eksemplarer
Stalker 2 eksemplarer
Le Cycle du midi (2022) 2 eksemplarer
The Gigantic Fluctuation (1962) 2 eksemplarer
Odsouzené město (2018) 2 eksemplarer
Vabalas skruzdėlyne 2 eksemplarer
Przenicowany świat 1 eksemplar
Definitely maybe 1 eksemplar
Lot na Amalteę ; Stażyści (2001) 1 eksemplar
願望機 (1989) 1 eksemplar
モスクワ妄想倶楽部 (1993) 1 eksemplar
UZAYDA PİKNİK 1 eksemplar
UN GARS DE L ENFER (1977) 1 eksemplar
I vålnadernas tid (1991) 1 eksemplar
Trudno byt bogom (2015) 1 eksemplar
Stalker piknik az árokparton (2013) 1 eksemplar
Maxim Krammerer (2019) 1 eksemplar
Világvége a szomszédban (2018) 1 eksemplar
Les (2011) 1 eksemplar
Město zaslíbených (1998) 1 eksemplar
Poor cruel folk 1 eksemplar
Tahmasib 1 eksemplar
Time Wanderers 1 eksemplar
Floresta sem Fim Livro 1 (1997) 1 eksemplar
Até ao Fim do Mundo Livro 1 (1997) 1 eksemplar
Ulitka na sklone (2019) 1 eksemplar
Nevilties miestas: [romanas] (2018) 1 eksemplar
Destino zoppo 1 eksemplar
Lundo ekas sabate (2005) 1 eksemplar
La loĝata insulo 1 eksemplar
È difficile essere un dio (2023) 1 eksemplar
Troika 1 eksemplar
Sochineniia: Tom 1,2 & 3 (1996) 1 eksemplar
Koniec akcji "Arka" 1 eksemplar
Z zewnątrz 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Bidragyder — 873 eksemplarer
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Bidragyder — 400 eksemplarer
Path into the Unknown (1966) — Forfatter — 134 eksemplarer
Soviet Science Fiction (1962) — Bidragyder — 134 eksemplarer
More Soviet Science Fiction (1962) — Bidragyder — 95 eksemplarer
The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction (1986) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
Vortex: New Soviet Science Fiction (1970) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer
The Road to Science Fiction #6: Around The World (1998) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
The New Soviet Fiction: Sixteen Short Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Red Star Tales: A Century of Russian and Soviet Science Fiction (2015) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Det sidste spørgsmål og andre historier (1973) — Forfatter, nogle udgaver6 eksemplarer
Jules Verne-magasinet 368 (1987) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Hva' nu hvis -? : science fiction - fremtidstænkning (1989) — Forfatter, nogle udgaver; Forfatter, nogle udgaver1 eksemplar

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Strugatsky, Arkady Natanovich
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Yaroslavtsev, S. (pseudonym)
Ярославцев, С. (pseudonym)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Batumi, Georgia, USSR
Moscow, Russia
hepatocellular carcinoma
Leningrad, Russia, USSR
Military Foreign Language Institute, Moscow
science fiction writer
Strugatsky, Boris (brother)
Soviet Army
Union of Soviet Writers
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bleak as hell. may as well not involve alien detrius, which is of course the mark of good science fiction - that the science fiction parts could easily be removed withou changing the heart of the story. i was struck throughout the book by the parallels between the zone and drug addiction. the descriptions of stalkers, the damage it does, the black market economy that gets rich off death, the desperate search for a final epiphany, a final brilliant experience... i dunno. it struck me strongly while i was reading it. maybe not a5 star book because it had too many trappings of grim dark pulp scifi with misogyny that it bothered me a bit but the story itself doesn't really involve that - it feels very human and real and involving and depressing. great book… (mere)
tombomp | 123 andre anmeldelser | Oct 31, 2023 |
The outline of the story is pretty much a TNG episode; advanced human civilization observing life on another colony stuck at an earlier stage of development. On a deeper level, it's directly attacking Beria (almost by name, as the afterword suggests) and the faults of the soviet union, which while interesting from a nonfictional context doesn't make that good a story in itself. You can follow how they've tried to walk a line with what they can say without running afoul of censors, so as polemic it's also hamstrung.
Roadside Picnic remains their best so far.
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A.Godhelm | 26 andre anmeldelser | Oct 20, 2023 |
If you're a Science Fiction fan and you haven't read this yet, I recommend that you get a copy. If you're not a Science Fiction fan and you need to be convinced that Science Fiction has something to say about what it means to be human and to struggle, then this is the book for you.

Don't be misled by the title, 'Roadside Picnic' is a gritty, compelling, thought-provoking Science Fiction novella. Although this was published in 1972, in Brezhnev's Soviet Union, it feels fresh, modern and as relevant today as it was then. There's nothing escapist about 'Roadside Picnic'. It's grim and horribly plausible. It's only 172 pages long but it's so immersive and the world it brings to life is so dark that it feels like a much longer read.

The story takes place some years after 'The Visit', the name given to an event where aliens landed at five points around the world, stayed for a short time without making any contact and then departed. Two things soon became clear: the landing sites, known as Zones, had been contaminated in such a way that they produced strange phenomena that were often lethal and that alien artefacts with remarkable attributes lay scattered around the Zones. At the time of the story, the UN has sealed off the Zones to contain contamination and to control access to the artefacts.

The story focuses not on the scientist trying to make sense of the Visit and the properties and contents of the Zones, but on a Red Schuhart. a Stalker, someone who enters the Zone illegally to retrieve alien atrefacts and either sell them to the UN or on the black market.

Red isn't a hero, he's a survivor. He's a pragmatic, smart young man, risking his life to make money by doing illegal things in a lethal environment.

Red is a realist. He knows how the world works. He knows that the only things he can depend on are his own wits and his own courage. He's powered not by hope but by a determination to survive. He refuses to give way to rage at the unfairness of his situation and instead focuses on taking a deep breath so that he can think things through and avoid making a mistake.

Red gets through his days with the aid of a flask of alcohol and by focusing on providing for his family. We follow him over a series of years as he journeys into the Zone, risking death, betrayal and imprisonment. Red knows that the Zone should be being exploited by scientists to advance knowledge for the benefit of all mankind but that he is helping to pillage it for the short-term advantage of a greedy few who have no regard for the safety of others.

Why does he do this? To survive. He believes that mankind's greatest achievement is that it is still alive and plans to stay that way. He recognises that the need to survive makes him vulnerable to exploitation by the greedy who see the Zones as a zero-sum game. He would like things to be different but he has to deal with the world as it is.

Red's struggle is a very human one. He is a man with no resources and no opportunities, running the lethal mazes of money and need, learning to rely only on himself. He is aware of but is detached from the agenda of the scientists and officials. He knows he is being used as a tool by scientists and officials and by the wealthy looking to get wealthier by any means. He is resigned to constantly struggling against bureaucracy and law enforcement and occasionally losing his freedom.

Most of the book is taken up with Red's struggle. We watch as, year after year, he is ground down by his environment. For a while, he is sustained by his love for his family but even they eventually become as much a burden as a blessing. With no other options left, Red treks into the Zone to find an artefact with mythical qualities that might provide him with a way out, if he can survive, if he's willing to pay the price and if he can decide what to wish for.

I found Red's story compelling. It felt real, in a grimy, I'm-so-glad-this-isn't-my-life way. I'm not surprised that the version of the book published in 1972 had sections removed or changed by the Soviet censors. I'm very glad that the English translation worked with the original text.

So, why is this book called 'Roadside Picnic' and not 'Stalker' (which was the name used by the subsequent movie and video game)?

The explanation comes during a short interlude in the story that is not focused on Red. In it, a Zone entrepreneur/fixer and a physics Nobel Laureate discuss The Visit over a drunken lunch. The inclusion of this scene felt a little clumsy but the content made it irresistible. The physicist explains The Visit as analogous to a roadside picnic. The aliens were taking a rest stop. They were not there to contact humanity and had no interest in staying. The Zones are just the places where they left their trash. Humanity watched them from afar and is now busy picking over the rubbish and pollution that the aliens left behind, in the hope of finding miracles.

My first reaction to this was - 'What an original take of First Contact'.

Then my inner atheist cleared his throat and I saw that it was more than that. In a sense, all of human history is a Roadside Picnic, provided you reject the idea of an interventionist God or Gods. Mankind in general and scientists and engineers in particular, have spent centuries picking over the shape of a world created by forces completely indifferent to their existence to find something miraculous that will help them to survive.
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MikeFinnFiction | 123 andre anmeldelser | Oct 14, 2023 |
Excellent book, last chapter is intense and a hazy revelation.
Blackzowen | 123 andre anmeldelser | Oct 2, 2023 |



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