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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 06.28.16] post apocalyptic apocalyptic book scifi

WGN is bringing another adaptation of the 1972 short sci-fi novel "Roadside Picnic", written by Russian authors Arkady and Boris Strugatskys. You may remember that Andrei Tarkovsky adapted the work in the 70's in the post-apocalyptic film, Stalker.

Starring in the series is Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Match Point) who plays Redrick “Red” Shuhart in the story about what becomes of earth following a visit from extraterrestrial beings.

About the story:
Roadside Picnic is a work of fiction based on the aftermath of an extraterrestrial event (called the Visitation) which simultaneously took place in half a dozen separate locations around Earth for a two-day period.

Neither the Visitors themselves nor their means of arrival or departure were ever seen by the local population who lived inside the relatively small (a few square kilometers) area of each of the six Visitation Zones. Such zones exhibit strange and dangerous phenomena not understood by humans, and contain artifacts with inexplicable, seemingly supernatural properties. The name of the novel derives from an analogy proposed by the character Dr. Valentine Pilman who compares the extraterrestrial event to a picnic.

Recommended Release: Stalker

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Via: Inquisitor

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Tquasi (5 years ago) Reply

I hear that WGN's Underground was pretty decent, but they may be setting the bar a bit high on this one.


zaphod777 (5 years ago) Reply

Terrible Idea

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