Arkadii (Natanovich) Strugatskii C. R. Pike - Essay

C. R. Pike

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Since the late 1950s, [Arkady and Boris Strugatsky] have gradually fashioned a body of original and enlightened works of speculative literature. Remarkable in their perception of the conflicts between the individual and technology, between man and the universe which may or may not be his, the Strugatskys' stories and novels have achieved a unique status within Soviet literature and now deserve the attention of Western readers….

[Far Rainbow is] satisfying as straightforward science fiction. Well-intentioned, but monomaniac scientists corrupt a tranquil planet with their "zero-T" experiments which finally release the lethal black Wave. The Strugatskys here quickly build a neat plot into a...

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