Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky

Boris Strugatsky",“Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky

Don’t be put off by the strange title. This is a wonderful sci-fi story that explores the question: what if we had proof that we weren’t alone in the universe?

Humans are visited by aliens in this book, but they never meet us. They leave behind debris, and ‘garbage’. The area they visit becomes a radioactive wasteland with dangerous phenomena in there that can kill you. The area is closed off and called the Zone. Scientists try to study artifacts they find in the zone, while ‘stalkers’ sneak in and steal them to sell.

The main character in this book is about one prolific stalker. His story is told in pieces, and at different points in his life. His most incredible adventure though comes at the end of his career when we goes after a mythical Zone artifact.

This story is mostly about greed I’d say. Sadly, I think this is exact what would happen in aliens visited us. It wouldn’t unite us, or push us to a higher plane - we’d go on killing each other, and trying to make money.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book #11 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #BookReview #ArkadyStrugatsky #BorisStrugatsky #SciFi #greed”,

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