“Hard to Be a God” by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

The Strugatsky brothers are among the classics of Russian/Soviet science fiction, most famous for their novel Roadside Picnic, which became the basis for the film Stalker and its later videogame adaptation.  When I saw that another of their novels was being translated into English, I jumped at the chance to read it. Hard to BeRead more

“Roadside Picnic” by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

As many of you know, I’m a bit of a Russian literature nerd.  When I saw a new translation of “Roadside Picnic” by the Strugatsky brothers on NetGalley, I requested it immediately. Ursula K. LeGuin wrote an excellent introduction, and I loved the following quotation from it: Science fiction lends itself readily to imaginative subversionRead more