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Roadside Picnic (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by [Strugatsky, Arkady]
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¿Deft and supple...a truly superb tale¿ Theodore Sturgeon

About the Author

Arkady Strugatsky (1925-1991) and Boris Strugatsky (b.1931) began to collaborate in the early 1950s after Arkady had studied English and Japanese and worked as a technical translator and editor and Boris was a computer mathematician at Pulkova astronomical observatory.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (26 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JDQEC7Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This to me is real science fiction which leaves a lot of thought to the reader about who the visitors were, where were they from, what did they want, what are the real uses of the artifacts etc etc etc. Will be buying the BluRay Stalker soon, from the master Andrei Tarkovsky.
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A real classic. Written in that clipped style that comes from the Russian origins - but the better for it given the nature of the subject matter. Inventive, thought-provoking and immersive, drawing you into a wealth of thoughts and threads, some of which the author develops and others which the reader is left to conjure with. A simple story of aliens leaving artefacts that challenge our feeble human assumptions of what's normal, all seen through the eyes of one affected local who's life revolves around the aftermath of the Alien's "Roadside Picnic". All sorts of troubling and profound happenings are dealt with in the most matter-of fact reporting that somehow makes this incredible little book deeply involving.
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When a family stops for a picnic there is often debris left around that is devastating to the local wild life.

Imagine the same thing if aliens stopped by - but humans were the ones affected.

A great read.
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Roadside Picnic is not your conventional science fiction. I could go into the politics behind it, the indicators of its Russian authors and their perspective - but there's plenty of essay-like material already written out there.

As a story, it is incredibly compelling. You will notice the book is short - it is almost frustrating, because it is so thought out. The alien artifacts of the Zone, and their effects, are written about in the form of brief encounters, but I was left wanting to learn more. Occasionally, I felt restrained by the way the story follows the protagonist - and this, as you read on, is precisely the point of the book: how the alien and unexplained touches the people of the novel.

The ending is a shocker - I kept reading beyond the last page, expecting to see more. It was a cruel ending for me, the reader, but fitting in line with the story.
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Really interesting book which covered some engaging topics. Really enjoyed reading this. A must read for any sci-fi fan. Also made me realise the southern reach trilogy is plagiarism!
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Absolute classic. Much better than the film version
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This magnificent Russian SF novel is about 40 years old and was written by two Russian brothers,Arkady and Boris Strugatsky,and this is a new translation where the original language,idiomatic,slangy,violent and fresh,has been restored.Set in the early 70s,ostensibly in Canada.There are 4 chapters,detailing the life of Red Schuhart a stalker,who ventures illegally into the Zone,in spite of the extreme danger to retrieve the mysterious artefacts that alien visitors left scattered around.The book starts off with a description of the Zones,6 of which have been left randomly across the planet.Aliens have visited the earth and gone away again leaving behind them several landing areas littered with their refuse, bizarre technological wonders to be found in the Zones. These areas, where the physics of matter are warped in mysterious and dangerous ways, are thought to be the trash piles of aliens who dropped by for a picnic and didn't clean up after themselves The Zone in this novel,Harmont, has a town nearby that was changed by the alien visitation,where a thriving black market in alien products has grown up.The 1st chapter is written in the 1st person from Red's point of view,he is an amoral, lively, unpredictable buccaneer with a revolting vitality.Red has survived after many incursions into the Zone,and has a legendary status,but he isn't some exceptional or particularly unusual human being, but just some guy getting by as best he can in peculiar circumstances.The 1st time he gets out of the Zone where he went with a scientist to retrieve an "empty", two discs held together in space with nothing between them,we find out his girlfriend Guta is pregnant.We know that their child is likely to die or be born mutated due to his visits into the Zone.Read more ›
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Great book, a must read for any fan of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise as they have based many of their ideas round the plot of book!

The plot behind the book is interesting enough to keep you engaged the whole way through, and the implications of the 'visit' is an interesting prospect to read about!

The afterword about the difficulties of publishing the book in the Soviet Union in the time is also very interesting and a good read for anyone interested in that era of Russia!
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