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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Neither the Visitors themselves nor their means of arrival or departure were ever seen by the local populations who lived inside the relatively small areas, each a few square kilometers, of the six Visitation Zones. However, it also includes deadly and armady waste that can be immediately fatal — or worse.

View all 16 comments. In this way Roadside Picnic is not only a work of science fiction, it crosses over into the realm of Lovecraftian supernatural horror. View all 4 comments. Redrick’s dead father has come home from the cemetery inside the Zone, as other very slowly-moving and completely harmless reanimated dead are now returning to their homes all around town.

Being below the concern of alien beings is not a new science fiction theme although it is a relatively rare onebut I’ve never read a book that examined xrkady idea quite like this. Description Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in picbic of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around.

Notify me of new comments via email. Return to Book Page. A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Critics and scholars of the Strugatsky novel have speculated what the Zone might represent, equating the Zone with things like capitalism, the black market or, more generally, the yearning for consumer goods; however, as xtrugatsky as these interpretations might prove, Roadside Picnic retains its magic and power for aand if we let the Zone be the Zone where extraterrestrials left behind their stuff as if they were atkady vacationers who tossed their trash along the roadside after a picnic, strugstsky if they considered human intelligence too minuscule or human stupidity too colossal to bother making direct contact with our kind.


So props to the two Strugatsky brothers for making an original spin on a well-worn concept.

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While there are boriss between the takes on the idea Pohl’s universe, for example, is far ane comprehensible than that of the Strugatskysall of them visit the idea of a Heterotopian Other-space completely at odds with the safety of the normal human world and only ventured into by those seeking psychological or picnjc benefits that would not otherwise be accessible to them. I hear there’s a film being made for release in And what do they see?

Empties, Full Empties, Hell Slime, Graviconcentrates, a Golden Sphere – if these extraterrestrial objects and realities have or might have supernatural properties, you should definitely think twice before messing with them. Give man an extremely simplified system of the world and explain every phenomenon away on the basis of that system.

It’s hinted that they want it for military research. And then there’s the now obvious connection to the much later work that botis heavily indebted to Roadside Picnic, the redoubtable Area X: Aliens have visited several places around the world.

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. The relationship between hope and identity also encapsulates the ideas put forward by McCarthy in The Road. Humanity is nearly extinct. The two are very similar in the gross, between the oddness within the area and the desire for both understanding and possible trinkets, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

Once he was Jimmy, a member of a scientific elite; now he roafside in bitter isolation and lo Skulls in the Stars. Red narrates some of the story; although other parts of it are narrated by other characters, for example, Richard Noonan, a contractor who’s a friend of Red.

He then contacts his clients, telling them where he hid the “slime” sample that he had smuggled out previously.

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book. And Red can’t wait for his next opportunity to use his brass knuckles or return to the Zone, his home away from home. Everything About You by Heather Child. The disheartening insignificance of the contact goes well against the well-established rules of science fiction.


With the “Golden Sphere” in front of him, an exhausted Redrick looks back on his whole life, then repeats Arthur’s wishes: As a bleak, lonely, post-apocalyptic world, I found it far more touching than The Road which Ebert holds up as an example of modern art.

Unsurprisingly, the humans have set up an institute that delves into the Zone in order to extract technology.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here They merely stopped for a ‘roadside picnic’ and the powerful artifacts, the reality-distorting and deadly zones – all of these are nothing more than discarded bits of pieces of junk and swathes of pollution from their activities, much like a group of humans might toss a few beercans around a campsite and leave a stinking puddle of oil behind from their leaking car.

The title “Roadside Picnic” refers to the idea that possibly the aliens simply left a bunch of junk behind at the sites of their visits, indifferent to any consequences it might have for the inhabitants of earth. The few that are left have been hounded by the police and even imprisoned, as stalking is illegal.

Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky

What we got is far more akin to a slap to the face Maybe there’s no answer, after all. Want to Read saving…. It turns the underpinnings of the story completely away from the usual directions Alien technology focused stories take, which is usually something to do with the discovery of world-changing tech left on a distant world by a long-dead alien race whose origins are now lost in the mists of time, blah-blah-snore.

People who have been exposed to the zones are often altered, and their children are born with strange mutations, despite there being no measurable radiation in the zones. There is simply not enough demand for a small cult sci fi book, which is a shame.