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.