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[[caption-width-right:280:Arkady [[UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}} Natanovich]] (left) and Boris Natanovich (right) in TheEighties]]

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were probably the best-known and most influential Soviet sci-fi writers. They started the most enduring trends in Russian sci-fi and many Russian sci-fi writers were heavily influenced by their work.

Their later books were very philosophical and subversive: many were heavily censored, others were banned. The banned books were printed unofficially (a practice known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samizdat samizdat]] and naturally a crime in the Soviet Union) and passed from hand to hand as subversive material. Averting TrueArtIsIncomprehensible, these books were read by people of all ages, inspired generations of idealists and are cited as an influence by prominent Russian intellectuals.

Unfortunately, [[NoExportForYou English translations are few, lacking in quality and out of print]]. The fact that they are based on Soviet-era censored versions of the works doesn't help. Unfortunately, the chances of getting new English translations is close to nil since Boris Strugatsky refused to take the original Russian texts off his website (something which is apparently a prerequisite for having his work translated in the West). Movie adaptations are not quite as scarce, but suffer from horrible AdaptationDecay. The most famous adaptation is that of ''Piknik na obochine'', translated into English as "''Literature/RoadsidePicnic''", which became a film under the title ''Film/{{Stalker}}''. (The film, in turn, would inspire a [[VideoGame/{{Stalker}} video game]]).

Arkady Strugatsky died on October 12, 1991, ending the collaboration. Boris Strugatsky published two solo novels (neither translated to English) before his death on November 19, 2012. He was quoted to describe solo writing as "sawing a log with a two-man saw, only alone".
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!!Works by the Strugatsky brothers include:

Titles preceded by a plus instead of a dot below [[WorldBuilding connect loosely]] to form the Franchise/NoonUniverse. The rest are (mostly) standalone works.

+ ''Literature/NoonTwentySecondCentury'' (1962)
+ ''Literature/EscapeAttempt'' (1962)
+ ''Literature/FarRainbow'' (1963)
+ ''Literature/HardToBeAGod'' (1964)
+ ''Literature/{{Disquiet}}'' (1965; first published as a standalone novel ''Snail on the Slope'' between 1966 and 1968, while the original draft was only published in 1990)
* ''Literature/MondayBeginsOnSaturday'' (1965)
* ''Literature/TaleOfTheTroika'' (1968)
+ ''Literature/PrisonersOfPower'' (1969)
+ ''Literature/SpaceMowgli'' (1971)
* ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic'' (1972)
+ ''Literature/TheKidFromHell'' (1974)
* ''Literature/DefinitelyMaybe'' (1977)
* ''Literature/TheDoomedCity'' (written 197075, published 198889)
+ ''Literature/BeetleInTheAnthill'' (1980)
+ ''Literature/TheTimeWanderers'' (1986)

!!Works by Boris Strugatsky include:

* ''Literature/ThePowerlessOfThisWorld'' (2003)
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!! Time of Apprentices

The Time of Apprentices (Russian: "Время учеников") is a massive collaborative Strugatsky {{fanfiction}} project that began in 1991 and was sanctioned by Boris Strugatsky. Its participants, aspiring Russian science-fiction authors (the eponymous "apprentices" of the Strugatsky brothers), write short stories and novellas based on the brothers' works, which are then published in anthologies. Four volumes have been published as of 2011. SergeyLukyanenko wrote two short stories in the first and second volumes, respectively.
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