Alien Zones: Roadside Picnic / Hard to Be a God by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

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Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are amongst the greatest Russian Sci-Fi writers of all time. Now, two of their most powerful works have finally been released in English in new translations and collected in an exclusive SFBC collection.

The Strugatsky's 1964 novel Hard to Be a God is one of their definitive novels. It tells the story of Don Rumata, who is sent from Earth to a medieval kingdom with instructions to observe, but to never interfere. This, however, could all change when the kingdom is threatened.

First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is the story of a young rebel who scavenges alien artifacts to sell on the black market. Everything is going according to plan until one day when he picks a mysterious object that could change his life forever.