Editorial Reviews. Review. “[A] vivid new translation it has survived triumphantly as a classic. Roadside Picnic (Rediscovered Classics) by [Strugatsky, Arkady, Strugatsky, Boris] . Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are the most famous and popular Russian writers of science fiction, and the authors of over 25 novels and . Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky, , available at Book by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the. Reading it now, Boris and Arkady Strugatsky’s novel (translated by Roadside Picnic spans eight years in the life of Redrick “Red” Schuart.
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Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products.
But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick u Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in stgugatsky of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around.
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Is Roadside Picnic hard sf in the Golden Age tradition? This is a novel about how an incomprehensible alien event changes botis community and the people who live there. There is no attempt to …more No. There is no attempt to link what happened to any reasonable scientific theory or fact. The author even goes out of his way to show how clueless horis scientists in the story are as to how the alien artifacts function. What book be comparable to this one.
Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
I would put “Solaris” in the “psychedelic science fiction” book shelf, and “Roadside Picnic” in the …more These books are very different one from the other.
I would put “Solaris” in the “psychedelic science fiction” book shelf, and “Roadside Picnic” in the “dark science fiction” one. Strufatsky all 5 questions about Roadside Picnic….
Lists with This Book. SF writers typically approach alien contact in grandiose terms, but the Strugatsky brothers wonder instead, “What if it is more like a ‘Roadside Picnic?
After piicnic interval–however long it takes for an alien to enjoy a meal al fresco–they lift off from struhatsky uninteresting planet, roadsidee never to return, leaving behind the star voyager equivalent of empty beer cans, pl SF writers typically approach alien contact in grandiose terms, but the Strugatsky brothers wonder instead, “What if it is more like a ‘Roadside Picnic?
After an interval–however long it takes for an alien to enjoy a meal al fresco–they lift off from our uninteresting planet, probably never to return, leaving behind the star voyager equivalent of empty beer cans, plastic forks, paper napkins, cigarette butts, and perhaps a noxious spill or two. This book is the story of the “stalkers,” the smugglers who venture into The Zone to bring back some of these dangerous and ultimately baffling artifacts for sale on the black market.
The book begins as a rather straightforward adventure made superior by the imaginative creation of the Zone and its artifacts the Strugatsky’s add just the right details to delineate a place and evoke a mood, never more but it deepens and enriches further as we learn more about Red and the stalkers, what they have risked and how very much arkadt have lost.
The climax is satisfying, for we follow our hero on his last mission, watch him face a grave moral choice, commit a great crime, and picnnic still reveal himself to us as completely human, and–at bottom–essentially good. View all 11 comments. Mar 06, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it Shelves: However, this trivial definition does lead to wittier ones. They are based on depressing observations of the aforementioned human activity.
The screenplay is by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Thirty years ago Aliens visited the Earth. They landed at six different locations. Hung out for a while and took off. Here we are the most intelligent species to ever evolve on this planet debatable and the big moment occurs when another, obviously intelligent species comes to visit, and they act like the snooty prom queen and king at the big dance.
Not even worthy of a good probing or dissection. In these zones they left behind trash, as if, as one scientist put it, they had just stopped off for a roadside picnic. They also left behind traps. Things that science even has trouble borjs. They are all like that, the eggheads. The most important thing for them is to come up with a name. Until he comes up with one, you feel really sorry for him, he looks so lost.
They then sell them on the black market for cash. They need a big payoff because every time they go into The Zone they are risking life or limb there is this slime that melts the bones and eventually turns everything it touches into more slime.
Most of the original stalkers are dead.
Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky book review
The Zone does something to them. Their kids are mutants. The Zone owns them. Still, Red should just settle down and get a real job, a safe job. He soon finds himself on one last mission for a golden sphere that he has to find before The State robots get there first. It is about more than just the money. It is about outwitting everyone maybe even himself.
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were Russian science-fiction writers who managed to publish most of what they wrote even under the heavy censoring hand of the Soviet Union. Le Guin in the forward explains it well. There wrote as free men write.
In the afterword Arkady has a list of all the letters and petitions that were exchanged between various Russian committees trying to get approval. Two hundred degrading corrections of the text. An incalculable amount of nervous energy wasted on trivialities But it was a Pyrrhic Victory.
This edition, that I read, is a new translation with all the original text, as the authors intended, reinstated. Strigatsky is a movie as I mentioned above. The book also inspired a video game called. I absolutely love this concept. Hollywood has spent so much time making us worry about Aliens coming to Earth to enslave us, to steal our natural resources, to take over the planet, to use us as incubators for their spawn etc. We are completely unprepared to be ignored.
The book can be read on many levels.
It is an enjoyable borsi paced read on the most basic level. For those that like to apply philosophy, politics, and psychology to their reading there is plenty of hooks to keep you pondering the true meaning of different situations. It is a book, that without a doubt, will give the reader more with each new read.
This is one of those terrific finds that I may have never read without the guidance of friends on GR. Our compiled reading knowledge is oh so much greater than when we read alone. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: View all 32 comments. When people talk about the “special” feel of Russian literature, I tend to shrug it away as yet another point of confusion “Westerners” have with anything Slavic.
This is a story of the aftermath of the aliens’ visit to our planet. Well, a visit may be too grand of a word. No wonder that in popular culture Chernobyl and Strugatsky’s “stalker” became intertwined. The disheartening insignificance of the contact goes well against the well-established rules of science fiction.
There was no communication, no contact, nothing. It appears that despite the hopes of all nad sci-fi writers over decades, we were not that interesting to the other intelligence bofis actually, we probably weren’t even worth noticing.
Just a matter-of-fact quick purposeless roadstop and a bunch of refuse – which still proceeds to affect the lives of people around the mysterious Zones. Picture a forest, a country road, a meadow.
Cars drive off the country road into the meadow, a group of young people get out carrying bottles, baskets of food, transistor radios, and cameras.
They light fires, pitch tents, turn on the music. In the morning they leave. The animals, birds, and insects that watched in horror through the long night creep out from their hiding places.
And what do they see? Old spark plugs and old filters strewn around Rags, burnt-out bulbs, and a monkey wrench left behind Red Schuhart is a “stalker” – a “riffraff” taking frequent quick forays into the Zone to smuggle out the alien artifacts that are valued on the black market, undeterred by having to live on the outside of the law, always at risk of horrific side effects or death inside and imprisonment outside.
He does what he does not for any noble purpose but simply because there’s little else to do. He is a common guy, ordinary, inconsequential, average, hard-hit by life. His goals are not noble – just survival.