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... show more
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 up a “full empty,” something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he’ll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems. First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel’s publication in Russia.
Publish date: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Pages no: 209
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Russian Literature
, Post Apocalyptic
Just started re-reading this yesterday and am already gripped. It's truly unsettling in the most understated of ways. It reminds me a little of John Wyndham's work; it has a similar quality of matter-of-factness about it that somehow makes it all the more chilling.Pure literary gold...strangely put ...
Interesting look at a world where aliens visited, leaving some things behind which are effecting people around them, it focuses on one man, Red Schuhart who illegally delves into these spaces to find the treasures. These are stories about his life beside this event and how he lives with it and tries...
Red, a man we follow over ten years, is driven by curiosity and need deep into the Zone. The Zone is the result of a visitation from aliens during Red's youth. The aliens made no contact with humans, any who would have seen them died as a result of their landing. The areas surrounding the Zones - th...
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This one more than stands up to the test of time considering it was written in the 70’s. The concepts still remain original and fresh. I loved the idea of the roadside picnic and the “artifacts” left behind. Very well written and an engaging tale, in and out of The Zone.
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