Roadside Picnic

Author: Arkady Strugatsky,Boris Strugatsky

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613743440

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 5585

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.

Roadside Picnic Revisited: Seven Articles on the Soviet Novel That Inspired the Film "Stalker"

Author: Michael Andre-Driussi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781947614000

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 58

View: 4903

Articles on and around the Soviet novel "Roadside Picnic" (1971) by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, a work made into the motion picture "Stalker" (1979) by Andrei Tarkovsky. Topics include: variations in different translations; the encrypted politics of the novel; the deep influence of a lesser-known Victorian novel; and the failed anthology that the novel was supposed to be in.

Mockingbird

Author: Walter Tevis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147321310X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5588

The future is a grim place in which the declining human population wanders drugged and lulled by electronic bliss. It's a world without art, reading and children, a world that people would rather burn themselves alive than endure. Even Spofforth, the most perfect machine ever created, cannot bear it and seeks only that which he cannot have - to cease to be. But there is hope for the future in the passion and joy that a man and woman discover in love and in books, hope even for Spofforth. A haunting novel, reverberating with anguish but also celebrating love and the magic of a dream.

Hard to Be a God

Author: Arkady Strugatsky,Boris Strugatsky,Hari Kunzru

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613748310

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 8519

This 1963 masterpiece is widely considered one of the best novels of the greatest Russian writers of science fiction. Yet until now the only English version (unavailable for over thirty years) was based on a German translation, and was full of errors, infelicities, and misunderstandings. Now, in a new translation by Olena Bormashenko, whose translation of the authors’ Roadside Picnic has received widespread acclaim, here is the definitive edition of this brilliant work. It tells the story of Don Rumata, who is sent from Earth to the medieval kingdom of Arkanar with instructions to observe and to save what he can. Masquerading as an arrogant nobleman, a dueler and a brawler, Don Rumata is never defeated, but can never kill. With his doubt and compassion, and his deep love for a local girl named Kira, Rumata wants to save the kingdom from the machinations of Don Reba, the first minister to the king. But given his orders, what role can he play? Hard to Be a God has inspired a role-playing video game and two movies, including Aleksei German’s long-awaited swan song. This long overdue translation will reintroduce one of the most profound Soviet-era novels to an eager audience. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were famous and popular Russian writers of science fiction, with more than 25 novels and novellas to their names. Hari Kunzru is the author of highly praised novels including Gods Without Men and The Impressionist. Olena Bormashenko is the acclaimed translator of the Strugatskys’ Roadside Picnic.

Alien Life Imagined

Communicating the Science and Culture of Astrobiology

Author: Mark Brake

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521491290

Category: Science

Page: 276

View: 4262

Compelling account of how ideas of alien life have evolved for general readers, amateur astronomers and undergraduate students studying astrobiology.

The ugly swans

Author: Arkadiĭ Natanovich Strugat︠s︡kiĭ,Boris Natanovich Strugat͡s︡kiĭ

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science fiction, Russian

Page: 234

View: 4672


Life During Wartime

Author: Lucius Shepard

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: 9781473211933

Category:

Page: 432

View: 4332

In the jungles of Guatemala, David Mingolla is struggling to survive amongst the rotting vegetation and his despairing fellow foot soldiers. He knows he is nothing but an expendable pawn in an endless war. On R & R a few miles away from the warzone he meets Debora - an enigmatic young woman who may be working for the enemy - and stumbles into a deadly psychic conflict where the mind is the greatest weapon.

Dune

Author: Frank Herbert

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780340960196

Category: Dune (Imaginary place)

Page: 577

View: 7066

Before The Matrix, before Star Wars, before Ender's Game and Neuromancer, there was Dune: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. Melange, or 'spice', is the most valuable - and rarest - element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person's life-span to making intersteller travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis. Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe. When the Emperor transfers stewardship of Arrakis from the noble House Harkonnen to House Atreides, the Harkonnens fight back, murdering Duke Leto Atreides. Paul, his son, and Lady Jessica, his concubine, flee into the desert. On the point of death, they are rescued by a band for Fremen, the native people of Arrakis, who control Arrakis' second great resource: the giant worms that burrow beneath the burning desert sands. In order to avenge his father and retake Arrakis from the Harkonnens, Paul must earn the trust of the Fremen and lead a tiny army against the innumerable forces aligned against them. And his journey will change the universe.

Dying Inside

Author: Robert Silverberg

Publisher: Orb Books

ISBN: 9781429956772

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 7245

In 1972, Robert Silverberg, even then an acknowledged leader in the science fiction field, published a book that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. More than three decades later, Dying Inside has stood the test of time and has been recognized as one of the finest novels the field has ever produced. Never wasting a word, Silverberg persuasively shows us what it would be like to read minds, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man shaped by that unique power; a power he is now inexorably losing. Acclaimed upon first publication by SF critics and mainstream reviewers alike, Dying Inside is overdue for reintroduction to today's SF audience. This is a novel for everyone who appreciates deeply affecting characterization, imaginative power, and the irreplaceable perspective unique to speculative fiction of the highest order. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Bring the Jubilee

What if the South Had Won the Civil War?

Author: Ward Moore

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504044630

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

View: 9003

What if the South Had Won the Civil War?The landmark alternate history novel by “one of the best American writers” (Ray Bradbury). In the world of this novel, said to be an inspiration for Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, the Confederacy has triumphed and become an imperialist nation. What is left of the United States has been drained of its resources and is trapped in a depression. Hodge, a young man living in a village in rural New York with his parents, decides to head to the city to escape his otherwise inevitable future of poverty and indentured servitude. But the specter of war between the Confederacy and the other great global power, the German Union, haunts the entire region, and a nationalist terrorist group has other plans for Hodge. Before long, he is swept up in the politics of the day and becomes involved with a beautiful physicist who is working on a machine intended to change his fate—and the fate of the world. Long before Harry Turtledove’s The Guns of the South, Bring the Jubilee was the first novel to pose the question “What if the South had won the Civil War?” A counterfactual classic, it was included in renowned science fiction editor David Pringle’s list of the 100 Best Science Fiction Novels. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ward Moore including rare images from the author’s estate.

The Doomed City

Author: Arkady Strugatsky,Boris Strugatsky

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147322229X

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8725

It is a mysterious city whose sun is switched on in the morning and switched off at night, bordered by an abyss on one side and an impossibly high wall on the other. Its inhabitants are people who were plucked from twentieth-century history at various times and places and left to govern themselves, advised by Mentors whose purpose seems inscrutable. This is life in the Experiment. Andrei Voronin, a young astronomer plucked from Leningrad in the 1950s, is a die-hard believer in the Experiment, even though his first job in the city is as a garbage collector. As increasingly nightmarish scenarios begin to affect the city, he rises through the political hierarchy, with devastating effect.

Engine Summer

Author: John Crowley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 057508295X

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 9367

In the drowsy tranquility of Little Belaire, the Truthful Speakers lead lives of peaceful self-sufficiency ignoring the depopulated wilderness beyond their narrow borders. It is a society untouched by pain or violence and the self-destroying 'Angels' of the past are barely remembered. But when Rush That Speaks leaves his home on a pilgrimage of self-enlightenment, he finds a landscape haunted by myths and memories. The overgrown ruins reflect a world outside that is stranger than his people ever dreamed ...

Cryptozoic!

Author: Brian W. Aldiss

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497608112

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 4424

Winner of two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Brian W. Aldiss has, for over fifty years, continued to challenge readers’ minds with literate, thought‐provoking, and inventive fiction. In the year 2093, human consciousness has expanded to the point that man can now travel to the past using a technique called “mind‐traveling.” Artist Edward Bush returns from a nearly three-year mind‐travel to find that his government has crumbled and society is now under the leadership a new regime. Given Bush’s excellent ability to mind‐travel, he is recruited by the regime to track down and assassinate a scientist whose ideas threaten to topple everything they've built. This ebook includes an introduction by the author.

The Survivalist (Madness Rules)

Author: Arthur T. Bradley

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500208820

Category: Fiction

Page: 232

View: 1098

Few heroes remain in the apocalyptic wasteland of the United States. Deputy Marshal Mason Raines is one such hero. Still reeling from the death of his beloved, he is recruited to confront a band of ruthless lawmen. Only as bodies begin to pile up, does he question whether his latest mission was less about justice and more about revenge.

Monday Starts on Saturday

Author: Arkady Strugatsky,Boris Strugatsky

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473202221

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 9152

When young programmer Alexander Ivanovich Privalov picks up two hitchhikers while driving in Karelia, he is drawn into the mysterious world of the National Institute for the Technology of Witchcraft and Thaumaturgy, where research into magic is serious business. And where science, sorcery and socialism meet, can chaos be far behind?

The Forever War

Author: Joe Haldeman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312536633

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

View: 3497

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand, despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.

Nova Swing

Author: M. John Harrison

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553904299

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 4986

Years after Ed Chianese’s fateful trip into the Kefahuchi Tract, the tract has begun to expand and change in ways we never could have predicted—and, even more terrifying, parts of it have actually begun to fall to Earth, transforming the landscapes they encounter. Not far from Moneytown, in a neighborhood of underground clubs, body-modification chop shops, adolescent contract killers, and sexy streetwalking Monas, you’ll find the Saudade Event Site: a zone of strange geography, twisted physics, and frightening psychic onslaughts—not to mention the black and white cats that come pouring out at irregular intervals. Vic Serotonin is a “travel agent” into and out of Saudade. His latest client is a woman who’s nearly as unpredictable as the site itself—and maybe just as dangerous. She wants a tour just as a troubling new class of biological artifacts are leaving the site—living algorithms that are transforming the world outside in inexplicable and unsettling ways. Shadowed by a metaphysically inclined detective determined to shut his illegal operation down, Vic must make sense of a universe rapidly veering toward a virulent and viral form of chaos…and a humanity almost lost. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Ring Around the Sun

Author: Clifford D. Simak

Publisher: Gateway

ISBN: 0575122374

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

View: 8165

Jay Vickers was an ordinary man, or so he thought. All he wanted was to be left in peace to finish his next book. However, strange things started happenin - from his discovery of a mouse that was not a mouse, to the visit of an old neighbor that was not a man. Or at least he was not an ordinary man. For as it turned out, neither was Jay Vickers. This is the story of human mutation - the next step in the evolution of the species. What if mutants walked among us already? What if they were organized? What if they had unbelievable powers, such as the ability to cross between alternate worlds or dimensions at will, or to intuitively reach the absolutely correct answer by intuition or "hunch", or to telepathically reach out to the stars? Such supermen would automatically try to conquer lesser men, would they not? Or would they do everything in their power to free the rest of humanity from slavery and suffering? Just what would the political and corporate powers-that-be do to keep their power and their slaves? How would mutants undermine the power of these bosses to set mankind free? This is a story of unlimited freedom, of worlds without end, ready for the taking. It is also the story of powerful, benevolent beings that exist only to help those who need that help. This is a future of a lop-sided mechanical culture of technology that could provide creature comfort for a few, but not human justice or security for the many. It is a future of hate, and war, and worry. Nothing like the way the world really turned out - after all, there couldn't really be an underground of mutants working to free humanity . . . could there?

Night Lamp

Author: Jack Vance

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312864729

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 8981

Jaro Fath embarks on a dangerous and difficult quest to uncover the mystery of his origins, a secret hidden by his adoptive parents and lost with their untimely murders

The Fifth Head of Cerberus

Three Novellas

Author: Gene Wolfe

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312890209

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 5660

First published in 1972, this SF masterpiece has been out of print for most of a decade. Now, this "subtle, ingenious, and poetic book" (Ursula Le Guin) entertains a new generation of readers with the story of two far-flung sister planets and a man's quest to find remnants of a lost.