We are delighted to be featuring another wonderful piece of SF from the masters of Soviet-era SF, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky! Best known for the wonderful Roadside Picnic – memorably filmed as Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky the Strugatsky Brothers are responsible for some of the most incisive science fiction to come from behind the Iron Curtain*
A brilliant and incisive satire of the Soviet pseudo-science research of the Cold War, translated by Andrew Bromfield, with a new introduction by Adam Roberts.
When young programmer Alexander Ivanovich Privalov picks up two hitchhikers while driving in Karelia, he is drawn into the mysterious world of the National Institute for the Technology of Witchcraft and Thaumaturgy, where research into magic is serious business.
And where science, sorcery and socialism meet, can chaos be far behind?
You can find more of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s work via their Author pages on the Gateway website and read about them in their entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
* Yes, we know. We’re going for a Cold War kind of vibe with this post – humour us.