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Roadside Picnic - Olena Bormashenko, Boris Strugatsky, Arkady Strugatsky, Ursula K. Le Guin
Roadside Picnic
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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... 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781613743416 (1613743416)
ASIN: 1613743416
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Pages no: 209
Edition language: English
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
4.0 Matter-of-Factness SF: "Roadside Picnic" by The Strugatsky Brothers
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 ...
capriceum
capriceum rated it
5.0 Roadside Picnic
I really loved this book, and it's hard for me to put into words why. A lot of it has to do with the atmosphere and the prose. But I also loved how the setting is almost a character itself and loved seeing how all the other characters related to it.It's interesting to see a story that focuses on how...
The Professor
The Professor rated it
3.0 Roadside Picnic
“You’re still alive, but you brought another work of Satan into this world.” Artefact looting in the Zone of inexplicability. The remains of an alien visitation have been found and everyone is on the make. This is not humanity’s finest hour. We follow looter Redrick Schuhart on several inadvisable t...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 Roadside Picnic
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...
A Man With A Spooky Agenda
A Man With A Spooky Agenda rated it
5.0 Roadside Picnic
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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