The Strugatskiis' Pushkinian cosmology -- A biography through astronomy -- Minor planets: the Strugatskiis' earlier experiments in cosmology -- The hell of the ignorant: The Second Martian Invasion -- Poincare's starless hell: The Inhabited Island -- Exceptions to the laws of thermodynamics: Roadside Picnic -- "Long live darkness!": A Billion Years Until the End of the World -- The island universe and the copper doorknob: The Doomed City -- Chronic bewilderment and astronomical "fact": Those Burdened by Evil -- Coda. "Day and night my man in black gives me no peace ... ": The Yids of the City of Peter.
The common thread of astronomy is fantastically important for understanding the Strugatskiis' works--their most important works are experiments in cosmology. This book explores how the Strugatskiis cosmological explorations are among the most fundamental elements of their art. It also examines how these explorations connect to their predecessors in the Russian literary tradition.
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