224 pages

English language

Published April 8, 2012

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978-0-575-09313-3
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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.

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This is a second Slovenian translation of Roadside Picnic and this time we got uncensored version of the book translated by the same translator. It has a very informative foreword which speaks about the fight that brothers Strugacky with the Soviet Union state bureaucracy to get this work published. What is really interested is that the censors in the end took out the bad language in the swear words. Roadside picnic is, according to the foreword, one of the few books that won the battle against censorship. The book is apolitical with slight anti-capitalist subtone so it is hard to imagine why it was not approved by the censors in the first place.

Regarding the book itself it is very gripping sci-fi thriller that questions what is humanity. It is almost at the top of my suggestion list.

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Il romanzo fondamentale del cyberpunk è indubbiamente Neuromante di William Gibson. L'elemento essenziale è sicuramente la presenza di tecnologia di rete e come questa si integra con l'essere umano. L'obiettivo principale è esaminare l'essenza dell'essere umano, motivo per cui un autore come Philip Dick viene considerato dallo stesso Gibson un ispiratore, se non addirittura un precursore del genere. Altro elemento essenziale del cyberpunk è l'ambientazione dentro la quale i protagonisti si muovono: i bassifondi di un mondo in decadenza. A volte succede che questi bassifondi sono anche a contatto con sostanze artificali, generalmente di produzione umana, che influenzano in maniera negativa i comportamenti delle persone. Ed è proprio in uno di questi ultimi casi che ricade Picnic sul ciglio della strada dei fratelli russi Arkadi e Boris Strugackij o Stugatzki. La storia è abbastanza semplice: accanto a sei città differenti della Terra compaino improvvisamente delle particolari Zone al …

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