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Arkady Strugatsky (1925–1991)

Author of Roadside Picnic

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Popular science-fiction writers, the Strugatsky brothers have used the genre since the 1960s to comment on contemporary society, at times provoking major controversy. It's Hard to Be a God (1964) is a dysutopia with commentary on historical theories. The Snail on the Slope (1966--68) features a show more KGB-like organization and an extraordinarily oppressive atmosphere. Pre-glasnost, glasnost, some of the Strugatskys' major works had to be circulated in samizdat, but the brothers' situation is now dramatically better. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Disambiguation Notice:

Do not combine this page with that of Boris Strugatsky, or any of the pages that include both Boris and Arkady. Thank you.


Works by Arkady Strugatsky

Roadside Picnic (1972) — Author — 3,606 copies
Hard to be a god (1964) 1,009 copies
Monday Begins on Saturday (1965) — Author — 630 copies
The Doomed City (1989) 447 copies
The Dead Mountaineer's Inn (1970) 417 copies
Definitely Maybe (1976) 372 copies
The Snail on the Slope (1968) 293 copies
The Time Wanderers (1986) 213 copies
Prisoners of Power (1971) 184 copies
Beetle in the Anthill (1979) 170 copies
Noon: 22nd Century (1961) 154 copies
The Final Circle of Paradise (1965) 147 copies
The Inhabited Island (1969) 140 copies
The Ugly Swans (1972) 138 copies
Far Rainbow (1963) 91 copies
Space Mowgli (1984) 78 copies
Space Apprentice (1981) 43 copies
Tale of the Troika (1977) 40 copies
Хромая судьба (1982) 37 copies
The Kid from Hell (1974) 26 copies
Gesammelte Werke 3 (2011) 23 copies
Obitaemyy ostrov (1990) 20 copies
Khishchnye Veshchi Veka (1999) 18 copies
Escape Attempt [novella] (1962) 18 copies
Die Last des Bösen (1991) 11 copies
Atomvulkan Golkonda (1961) 10 copies
Strana Bagrovykh Tuch (1997) 10 copies
Destination Amaltheia (1960) 7 copies
Six Matches {short story} (1958) 5 copies
Ďábel mezi lidmi (1993) 5 copies
Stalker (2021) 5 copies
Disquiet (2011) 4 copies
La città condannata (2020) 4 copies
Melcul pe povarnis (2011) 4 copies
Väikemees (2014) 4 copies
Извне (2009) 3 copies
Végállomás : Amalthea (2018) 3 copies
Kontakt med verdensrommet (1984) 3 copies
Put na Amal teyu (2005) 3 copies
MetaGalaktika 6 3 copies
Kapitän Bykow (2013) 3 copies
Keskpäeva varjud (2015) 3 copies
Odsouzené město (2018) 2 copies
Ulitka na sklone (2019) 2 copies
Cценарии (1993) 2 copies
Tierra fantasy (1986) 2 copies
Le Cycle du midi (2022) 2 copies
The Gigantic Fluctuation (1962) 2 copies
Stalker 2 copies
Maxim Krammerer (2019) 1 copy
願望機 (1989) 1 copy
Trudno byt bogom (2015) 1 copy
Les (2011) 1 copy
Město zaslíbených (1998) 1 copy
I vålnadernas tid (1991) 1 copy
UN GARS DE L ENFER (1977) 1 copy
Tahmasib 1 copy
Troika 1 copy
Lundo ekas sabate (2005) 1 copy
Z zewnątrz 1 copy

Associated Works

The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 891 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 417 copies
Path into the Unknown (1966) — Author — 137 copies
Soviet Science Fiction (1962) — Contributor — 136 copies
More Soviet Science Fiction (1962) — Contributor — 96 copies
The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction (1986) — Contributor — 72 copies
Vortex: New Soviet Science Fiction (1970) — Contributor — 60 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #6: Around The World (1998) — Contributor — 47 copies
The New Soviet Fiction: Sixteen Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 33 copies
Det sidste spørgsmål og andre historier (1973) — Author, some editions — 6 copies
Jules Verne-magasinet 368 (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
Hva' nu hvis -? : science fiction - fremtidstænkning (1989) — Author, some editions; Author, some editions — 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Strugatsky, Arkady Natanovich
Other names
Yaroslavtsev, S. (pseudonym)
Ярославцев, С. (pseudonym)
Date of death
Burial location
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Batumi, Georgia, USSR
Place of death
Moscow, Russia
Cause of death
hepatocellular carcinoma
Places of residence
Leningrad, Russia, USSR
Military Foreign Language Institute, Moscow
science fiction writer
Strugatsky, Boris (brother)
Soviet Army
Union of Soviet Writers
Disambiguation notice
Do not combine this page with that of Boris Strugatsky, or any of the pages that include both Boris and Arkady. Thank you.



LE: Roadside Picnic in Folio Society Devotees (April 1)
Strugatsky in Fans of Russian authors (February 2020)


"Want a drink?"
"Thank you, I don't drink."
"How about a smoke?"
"Sorry, I don't smoke either."
"God damn it," I say. "Then what do you need money for?"
Jon_Hansen | 133 other reviews | Apr 6, 2024 |
This book pretty much sums up everything I love about Strugatskies - vivid language, dark humour, irony, sarcastic view of the world we live in and problems we face, unique atmosphere that you want to plunge into, believable and relatable characters, and above it all, what makes it really special - deep meaning, philosophical questions, something to think about when you put the book down.
AsimGasimzade | 4 other reviews | Apr 4, 2024 |
I picked this up in bookstore because I was intrigued by the cover. And I have to admit this was very interesting SF story that reads like blend of Time Patrol and Foundation. We follow agents from very advanced humanity civilization from planet Earth (years in the future from now) as they try to subtly guide the humans living on distant planet (this seems to be a colony that is completely cutoff from Earth and is not aware of its very existence). Goal is to direct that society from existing medieval-like state towards the advancements in science and society in general so they can prosper and develop into enlightened society that can (re)establish links with Earth.

Authors excellently portray the dilemma these agents have on how to properly direct this society when one has access to advanced technology and knowledge (they are gods in this society for all the means and purposes) but needs to remain in shadows and must not use full powers overtly. All the agents are very emphatic and first and foremost they are humans, meaning they cannot live outside their surroundings and they get touched by all the violence and hard-living conditions of the locals. When they see how society slowly starts to degrade and spiral into reminiscent of Earth's [very] dark age (all caused by unknown variable that popped up unexpectedly - person very similar to Mule from Foundation series) they have to chose whether to continue their undercover guidance from the shadows, trying to save as many people with skills and knowledge as possible, or take active role. And they know that taking active role in leading the society (organizing peasants, fighting wars and revolutions) while that same society can be easily influenced, swayed and forced on the wrong path is something that will only bring more conflict and wont solve anything in the long run.

While they try to guard the civilization they are aware that single-mindedness, superstition and complete social inflexibility cannot be so easily overcome. How does one communicate with non-compromising people that are used to violence and living under the iron ruthless rule of aristocracy. How can people that are kept under very bad conditions of life, constantly on the lookout for ruler's spies and snitches, chased because of knowledge or because of thinking that contradicts the established dogma .... how can one expect people to approach the life from different perspective. Once tyranny puts people into the ground it takes generations to create free thinking society back again.

In all honesty I did not expect the book to be so contemporary. But again considering that authors come from Russia they are more than aware how society can be easily degraded and how difficult it is to recover.

Excellent novel, translation was so good it was pure joy to read the story.

Highly recommended to all fans of SF and especially SF readers that enjoy social aspects of the story.
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Zare | 27 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Did not work for me. Though it started out good, when the chapters skipped to years in the future, I lost interest. There did not seem to be a larger story structure and the stalking became a bit repetitive.
Hopefully, the film is better.
MXMLLN | 133 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |



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