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1.
"Give man an extremely simplified system of the world and explain every phenomenon away on the basis of that system. An approach like that doesn't require any knowledge. Just a few memorized formulas plus so-called intuition and so-called common sense.”
2.
"“A picnic. Picture a forest, a country road, a meadow. Cars drive off the country road into the meadow, a group of young people get out carrying bottles, baskets of food, transistor radios, and cameras. They light fires, pitch tents, turn on the music. In the morning they leave."
3.
"The animals, birds, and insects that watched in horror through the long night creep out from their hiding places..."
4.
"...faded flowers picked in another meadow."
5.
"intelligence is the ability of a living creature to perform pointless or unnatural acts.”
6.
"...we will all become extinct - precisely because we will have forgotten how to make mistakes, that is, to try various approaches not stipulated by an inflexible program of permitted alternatives.”
7.
"“Xenology is an unnatural mixture of science fiction and formal logic. At its core is a flawed assumption—that an alien race would be psychologically human.”
8.
"I am positive that in the vast majority of cases we are hammering nails with microscopes."
9.
"I still don't believe..."
10.
"Figure out yourself what I want."
11.
"We know that things change, we’ve been told since childhood that things change..."."
12.
"...we search for change in all the wrong places."
13.
"How can I give up stalking when I have a family to feed?"
14.
"The hell with it all..."
15.
"...I could spit at you all, at your boredom and despair."
16.
"“In some sense, we’re all cavemen—we can’t imagine anything more frightening than a ghost or a vampire."
17.
"We’ve witnessed things change ourselves many a time, and yet we’re still utterly incapable of noticing the moment that change comes”"
18.
"...the violation of the principle of causality..."
19.
"...what man is born for -I have no idea. He's born, that's all. Scrapes by as best he can."
20.
"“All these conversations had left a certain sediment in his soul, and he didn’t know what it was. It wasn’t dissolving with time, but instead kept accumulating and accumulating."
21.
"“A man who is well brought-up may read anything."
22.
"In their utterly contemptible pseudo-morality they ignore the contents and madly attack individual words."
23.
"The comprehension of Infinity requires infinite time."
24.
"“Humanity as a whole is too stable a system, nothing upsets it.”
25.
"There’s no good in the Zone.”
26.
"“I get it,” said Noonan. “A roadside picnic.”"
27.
"A million odors cascaded in on him at once—sharp, sweet, metallic, gentle, dangerous ones, as crude as cobblestones, as delicate and complex as watch mechanisms, as huge as a house and as tiny as a dust particle"
28.
"The air became hard, it developed edges, surfaces, and corners, like space was filled with huge, stiff balloons, slippery pyramids, gigantic prickly crystals, and he had to push his way through it all, making his way in a dream through a junk store stuffed with ancient ugly furniture "
29.
“It’s not because we do bad work. And it’s not because they are more clever and cunning than we are. The world is just like that.”
30.
"It hadn't been a different world—it was this world turning a new, unknown side to him. This side was revealed to him for a second and then disappeared, before he had time to figure it out.”"
31.
“What?”
32.
"...my heart is empty, my head is empty, my soul is empty..."
33.
"The Zone let me out. The damned hag."
34.
THE ROOM [WORDS] (Translated from Russian) PROFESSOR: Do you realize what will happen when everybody believes in the room? And all come rushing here? It’s only a question of time. If not today, then tomorrow. And not just tens of them, thousands! Unfulfilled emperors, great inquisitors, fuhrers, self-appointed benefactors of the human race. And they’ll not come for money or inspiration, but to change the world. STALKER: I never bring people like that. You think I don’t understand? PROFESSOR: What on earth can you understand? You're not the only Stalker on the planet. And a Stalker can’t know what those they lead bring with them, and what they take when they leave. And the number of unmotivated crimes is on the rise. Isn’t that your doing? Take coups d’etat by the military, or the mafia penetrating governments, aren’t they all your clients? Or lasers and all those super-bacteria, all that filth, kept for the time being in safes? WRITER: Will you please stop this sociological diarrhea? Can you really believe those fairy tales? PROFESSOR: Not the good ones, no. But the bad ones, certainly!
35.
36.
” God, he’s a funny guy.”
37.
"“What are you, a horse?”
38.
"You probably mean stalkers."
39.
"I don't have the words, they didn't teach me the words."
40.
“You’re absolutely right. Our little town is a hole."
41.
“Pigs can always find mud.”
42.
"What if we are superfluous?”
43.
“Because the pale horse has been saddled, and the rider has put a foot in the stirrup.”.”
44.
“It seemed that a hundred thousand smashed rotten eggs, poured over a hundred thousand spoiled fish heads and dead cats, couldn’t have reeked they way it reeked here.”"
45.
"This is no picnic”
46.
“We don’t belong here."
47.
"I see that he’s in no mood for jokes."
48.
"“...and above them all—an immense banner, already faded: WELCOME TO EARTH, DEAR ALIENS!”
49.
"The fact of the Visit is not only the most important discovery of the last thirteen years, it’s the most important discovery in human history."
50.
“...the Zone doesn’t give a damn who the good guys and the bad guys are."
51.
"Praying?”
52.
“ Of course, fire, toxic gas, and bullets—these are only Earth perils. The Zone doesn’t have those; in the Zone you have other worries."
53.
"“Mankind's most impressive achievement is that it has survived and intends to continue doing so.””
54.
"It turned out that the sore wasn't such a sore."
55.
"Slug: you were an idiot, and no one even remembers your real name, but you did show us smarter folks were not to go.”
56.
"...people drop like flies.”

about

One of the most influential works of Russian literature, Roadside Picnic was notably the inspiration for Tarkovski's film Stalker. The story was written by the Strugatsky brothers and completed on November 3 1971.

Roadside Picnic was refused publication in book form in the Soviet Union for eight years due to government censorship and numerous delays.

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released November 3, 2021

Any proceeds from this project will be donated to the Feeding America project which is working to support over 25 million people that do not have food. Please also support your local foodbank if you are able.

Please make any donations directly to: feedingamerica.org

With thanks to all participating artists.

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