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Pathways influences...
Posted By: GodotDate: 5/12/12 9:22 a.m.

...or vague resemblances?

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic (1st published in Russian 1971, published in English 1977)

Roadside Picnic is based on an alien visitation to planet Earth, whose aftermath has led to the creation of "Zones" in the areas where the aliens had possibly landed. Such zones exhibit strange and dangerous phenomena not understood by humans, and contain artifacts with inexplicable, seemingly supernatural properties. World governments and the UN try to keep tight control over them to prevent leakage of artifacts from the Zones, fearful of unforeseen consequences. A subculture of Stalkers, thieves going into the Zones to get the artifacts, evolves around the Zones.

The 1979 science fiction film Stalker is loosely based on Roadside Picnic. In the movie three men enter "The Zone", one carrying a 20kt atomic bomb to destroy an artifact within.

In Pathways Into Darkness we are told that a sub-directive of our mission is to collect any artifacts or treasure we may come across. These items will be studied by top archaeologists and may provide answers to the origins of the Universe. And true enough we do encounter a number of alien artifacts. Indeed, some of unused items in the Demo vA1 string may also be of alien origin.

Many of artifacts and phenomena described in Roadside Picnic would not be out of place in Pathways Into Darkness.

Given that the story in Pathways went through many reiterations one wonders if one these iterations drew upon the work of the Strugatsky brothers.

Regardless, Roadside Picnic is a novel worth getting your hands on.

Cheers
Hamish

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