Boris Strugatsky

I’ve just checked out Locusonline and noticed a link to Boris Strgatsky, who it turns out has died. This is a curious conicidence in that I am at the moment reading an anthology of Science Fiction by European writers hailing from beyond the Anglophone community.

Strugatsky was a Russian national (who co-wrote with his brother Arkady, who in turn died over 20 years ago) and one of the few non-Anglophone writers to achieve translation and gain some recognition in the “wider” SF world – a difficult feat due to its insular English-language-centred nature – particularly with the novel Roadside Picnic (filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky as Stalker.)

Boris Strugatsky: 14/4/1933 – 19/11/2012. So it goes.

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