Roadside Picnic by Boris Strugatsky

Roadside Picnic by Boris Strugatsky (Free eBook)
Roadside Picnic by Boris Strugatsky (Free eBook)

Roadside Picnic by Boris Strugatsky & Arkady Strugatsky (Free eBook), 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.

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    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.

    Review quote

    “[A] vivid new translation… it has survived triumphantly as a classic.” –Publishers Weekly.

    Roadside Picnic by Boris Strugatsky (EPUB).

    About Boris Strugatsky

    Arkady Strugatsky (1925-1991) and Boris Strugatsky (1931-2012)
    Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 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. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction describes them as ‘the best Soviet SF writers’ and works such as Hard to be a God, Definitely Maybe, The Snail on the Slope and Monday Begins on Saturday are powerful and poignant novels that continue to amaze and move readers. Andrei Tarkovsky’s much admired film, Stalker, was based on their most famous work, Roadside Picnic.

    Arkady Strugatsky (1925-1991) and Boris Strugatsky (1931-2012)
    Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 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. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction describes them as ‘the best Soviet SF writers’ and works such as Hard to be a God, Definitely Maybe, The Snail on the Slope and Monday Begins on Saturday are powerful and poignant novels that continue to amaze and move readers. Andrei Tarkovsky’s much admired film, Stalker, was based on their most famous work, Roadside Picnic.

    Roadside Picnic details

    •  Paperback | 224 pages
    •  128 x 196 x 22mm | 200g
    •  11 Oct 2012
    •  Orion Publishing Co
    •  Gollancz
    •  London, United Kingdom
    •  English
    •  0575093137
    •  9780575093133