Friday, January 8, 2016

This Friday's Book Beginning

Let's peek into my current vintage SF title, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic:

 AN EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH DR VALENTINE PILLMAN BY A CORRESPONDENT FROM HARMONT RADIO, AFTER THE FORMER RECEIVED THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS.

INTERVIEWER: … I suppose that your first important discovery, Dr Pillman, was the celebrated Pillman radiant?

DR. PILLMAN: I wouldn’t say so. The Pillman radiant wasn’t my first discovery, it wasn’t important, and, strictly speaking, it wasn’t a discovery. It’s not entirely mine either.

Roadside Picnic is a great SF novel, originally published in the Soviet Union in 1972.  It has cult status and inspired a movie, the series of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. video games, and the slightly foolhardy
Russian pastime of sneaking into abandoned buildings to take pictures.

The story is about Red, an average schmo who works as a stalker--he sneaks into the cordoned-off Zone to retrieve alien artifacts.  The Zone is extremely dangerous, but stuffed full of amazing items that might power your car forever or might kill you instead.   It's a must-read.

4 comments:

JLS Hall said...

Great opening! I love sci-fi, but haven't read much lately. Didn't know about this one before, but I'm adding it to my to-read list. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This sounds like a book my husband would enjoy, and I would too, even though I don't read much sci-fi. Thanks for introducing me to it.
My Friday post features THE TIME IN BETWEEN.

R.T. (Tim) Davis said...

I am not much of a S/F reader (and I know very little about the genre), but your compact review/posting is seductive; I will look for a copy to check out all that is beyond your preview. Thanks from the renewed Beyond Eastrod where "American Bloomsbury" is on today's menu.

Fiza Halliwell said...

I'm liking the sound of this one, and it seems right up my alley too. Have to check this book out.

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