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For questions about the 1964 Soviet science fiction novel, set in the Noon universe, as well as its adaptations. Use with the [strugatsky-brothers] tag and the [russian-literature] tag.

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In the beginning of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's novel Hard to Be a God, the protagonist, Anton, goes down a country road, disobeying a "wrong way" sign, and finds a skeleton of a fascist chained to …
asked Jan 22 '17 by Gallifreyan
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All three of them are trying to seem more grown up than they really are. Running from their boarding school? With crossbows blazing? That doesn't sound like trying to be more grown up than they reall …
answered Apr 2 '17 by Gallifreyan
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Not really, unless you're willing to allow a lot of stretches and assumptions. We could scrape a motivation for Arata to have ordered the abduction. Firstly, it could be argued he had the motive: he …
answered Apr 12 '17 by Gallifreyan
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The original Russian version does not use any made-up or composite word for "anisotropic". "Anisotropic" is a real world present in English language; it is used in science, as well as technology. Brit …
answered Apr 20 '17 by Gallifreyan
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They were Reba's men. Spoilers will follow. This is the authorial intent, and this is what is implied in the novel. Boris Strugatsky acknowledged this explanation in an off-line interview: Нас …
answered Jun 17 '17 by Gallifreyan
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During the dinner at the king's palace, Rumata has a conversation with Father Gur, the poet. Rumata offers him a copy of the poets work, in exchange for a promise to write something new: “Very wel …
asked Apr 15 '17 by Gallifreyan
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They don't bring anyone to Earth. The persons of interest - scientists, astronomers, medics, artisans, poets, you name it - are not sent to Earth. They are re-routed to kingdoms that value their resp …
answered Apr 1 '17 by Gallifreyan
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I would say this depends on the particular agent we're talking about. For some, I admit, being placed might be very difficult (see Don Condor), but for others solutions may be trivial. Bribery Ea …
answered Apr 16 '17 by Gallifreyan
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It appears that Strugatsky brothers have written a stage adaptation of Hard to be a God, named Without Weapons or A Man from a Distant Star. Wikipedia claims that the play "reveals previously unknown …
asked Apr 2 '17 by Gallifreyan
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We don't know whether it was an arbalest or a crossbow. To quote (for the lack of a better source) Wikipedia: A large weapon, the arbalest had a steel prod ("bow"). Emphasis mine Taking that …
answered Apr 27 '17 by Gallifreyan
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I think, in the context of the novel, those are the names of the operatives who were previously named "sprinters", i.e. people who could not simply stand and watch the barbarian actions of the populat …
answered May 29 '17 by Gallifreyan