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''Escape Attempt'' (Russian: "Попытка к бегству") is the second novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the Franchise/NoonUniverse.

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''Escape Attempt'' (Russian: "Попытка к бегству") is the second novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the Franchise/NoonUniverse.
Literature/NoonUniverse.



This novel is notable to be the first one to deal with the topic ever-recurring in the Franchise/NoonUniverse: Should Earthlings intervene when they see violence and injustice happening elsewhere? Will it change anything or make the things worse? The protagonists have very contrasting opinions on this: While Vadim is brightly optimistic and eager to take part in such an endeavor, Saul's grim stance eventually pushes him beyond his DespairEventHorizon.

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This novel is notable to be the first one to deal with the topic ever-recurring in the Franchise/NoonUniverse: Literature/NoonUniverse: Should Earthlings intervene when they see violence and injustice happening elsewhere? Will it change anything or make the things worse? The protagonists have very contrasting opinions on this: While Vadim is brightly optimistic and eager to take part in such an endeavor, Saul's grim stance eventually pushes him beyond his DespairEventHorizon.


This novel is notable to be the first one to deal with the topic ever-recurring in the NoonUniverse: Should Earthlings intervene when they see violence and injustice happening elsewhere? Will it change anything or make the things worse? The protagonists have very contrasting opinions on this: While Vadim is brightly optimistic and eager to take part in such an endeavor, Saul's grim stance eventually pushes him beyond his DespairEventHorizon.

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This novel is notable to be the first one to deal with the topic ever-recurring in the NoonUniverse: Franchise/NoonUniverse: Should Earthlings intervene when they see violence and injustice happening elsewhere? Will it change anything or make the things worse? The protagonists have very contrasting opinions on this: While Vadim is brightly optimistic and eager to take part in such an endeavor, Saul's grim stance eventually pushes him beyond his DespairEventHorizon.
DespairEventHorizon.





* CrapsackWorld: Oh yes. Granted, the protagonists happen to find themselves in probably the shittiest place Saula has to offer, and outside of the camp it is said to [[ItGotBetter get better]].

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* CrapsackWorld: Oh yes. Granted, the protagonists happen to find themselves in probably the shittiest place Saula has to offer, and outside of the camp it is said to [[ItGotBetter get better]].better.


''Literature/EscapeAttempt'' (Russian: "Попытка к бегству") is the second novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the Franchise/NoonUniverse.

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''Literature/EscapeAttempt'' ''Escape Attempt'' (Russian: "Попытка к бегству") is the second novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the Franchise/NoonUniverse.


* BizarreAlienBiology: Subverted, HumanAliens are even compatible with Earthling medicine. However, played straight in the same scene, when Anton remembers "the dire effects that the application of simple iodine[[note]]iodine solution is a popular casual disinfection drug in Russia[[/note]] by humanoids on Tagora has had".

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* BizarreAlienBiology: Subverted, HumanAliens are even compatible with Earthling medicine. However, played straight in the same scene, when Anton remembers "the dire effects that the application of simple iodine[[note]]iodine solution is a popular casual disinfection drug in Russia[[/note]] iodine[[note]]tincture of iodine used as antiseptic[[/note]] by humanoids on Tagora has had".


* BizarreAlienBiology: Subverted, HumanAliens are even compatible with Earthling medicine. However, played straight in the same scene, when Anton remembers "the dire effects that the application of simple iodine[[hottip:*:iodine solution is a popular casual disinfection drug in Russia]] by humanoids on Tagora has had".

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* BizarreAlienBiology: Subverted, HumanAliens are even compatible with Earthling medicine. However, played straight in the same scene, when Anton remembers "the dire effects that the application of simple iodine[[hottip:*:iodine iodine[[note]]iodine solution is a popular casual disinfection drug in Russia]] Russia[[/note]] by humanoids on Tagora has had".

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* LanguageBarrier: Between the Terrans and alien natives. Even the intonation of the local language is alien to the Terrans, e.g. the commanding tone sounds more like whiny wailing. However, when Saul takes over an interrogation of a native, the latter learns the Terran intonations very quickly, thanks to Saul's unambiguous BodyLanguage.


''Literature/EscapeAttempt'' (Russian: "Попытка к бегству") is the second novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the NoonUniverse.

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''Literature/EscapeAttempt'' (Russian: "Попытка к бегству") is the second novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the NoonUniverse.
Franchise/NoonUniverse.


* ContinuityNod: The novel makes a reference to Rumata, notably two years before ''Literature/HardToBeAGod'' was written. However, it is not clear whether the plot actually takes place before ''Literature/HardToBeAGod'', and the situation appears very novel to the protagonists, so it might well be a SeriesContinuityError.



* NeglectfulPrecursors: The Wanderers use the planet as a sort of logistical node to transport some machines around the Galaxy. Or it may be a sort of TheMonolith. We'll never know.



* Precursors: The Wanderers use the planet as a sort of logistical node to transport some machines around the Galaxy. Or it may be a sort of Monolith. We'll never know.



* ContinuityNod: The novel makes a reference to Rumata, notably two years before Literature/HardToBeAGod was written. However, it is not clear whether the plot actually takes place before Literature/HardToBeAGod, and the situation appears very novel to the protagonists, so it might well be a SeriesContinuityError.

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* ContinuityNod: The novel makes a reference to Rumata, notably two years before Literature/HardToBeAGod TimeTravel: [[spoiler:Saul's brief visit into the future]] is the second and last instance of it in the Noon Universe (the previous was written. However, it is not clear whether in the plot actually takes place before Literature/HardToBeAGod, final story of ''Literature/NoonTwentySecondCentury'', recalled by Gorbovsky), and may thus fall into the situation appears very novel to the protagonists, so it might well be a SeriesContinuityError.EarlyInstallmentWeirdness category.






* ContinuityNod: The novel makes a reference to Rumata, notably two years before Literature/HardToBeGod was written. However, it is not clear whether the plot actually takes place before Literature/HardToBeGod, and the situation appears very novel to the protagonists, so it might well be a SeriesContinuityError.

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* ContinuityNod: The novel makes a reference to Rumata, notably two years before Literature/HardToBeGod Literature/HardToBeAGod was written. However, it is not clear whether the plot actually takes place before Literature/HardToBeGod, Literature/HardToBeAGod, and the situation appears very novel to the protagonists, so it might well be a SeriesContinuityError.

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''Literature/EscapeAttempt'' (Russian: "Попытка к бегству") is the second novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the NoonUniverse.

Two friends, Anton and Vadim, are preparing for their holiday hunting trip when they are joined by a strange-looking man, Saul, who persuades them to fly to an arbitrary uninhabited and unexplored planet with a thinly-veiled wish to stay there. Incidentally, the first planet they land on (which they name Saula in honor of their passenger) bears a primitive civilization of HumanAliens. Having found several bodies of frozen-to-death adolescents, the Earthlings, believing that there has been a catastrophic event recently, decide to ignore their AlienNonInterferenceClause and move in to help the survivors. However, they discover that there was no catastrophe, it's actually much much worse.

This novel is notable to be the first one to deal with the topic ever-recurring in the NoonUniverse: Should Earthlings intervene when they see violence and injustice happening elsewhere? Will it change anything or make the things worse? The protagonists have very contrasting opinions on this: While Vadim is brightly optimistic and eager to take part in such an endeavor, Saul's grim stance eventually pushes him beyond his DespairEventHorizon.

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!!Tropes found in the novel:

* AllCrimesAreEqual: On Saula, conspiracy, theft, murder and "wishing strange things" are all punished equally: Camps for life.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The Earthlings are subject to one, at least, concerning amateur contacts. They break it.
* AlienSky: Saula has three moons.
* AnachronismStew: Rather subtle and sociological. It is no coincidence that totalitarian regimes first emerged as late as in the XX century, since they have certain technical (such as mass media) and social prerequisites. In the novel, however, the local civilization is depicted as totalitarian, although technologically it is located somewhere in the DungAges.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: From Saul's point of view.
* BadassBookworm: Saul[[spoiler:'s Masquerade]]
* BannedInChina: Defied. WordOfGod states that, originally, [[spoiler: Saul was to escape from the Gulag. This would have been too much even for the Khrushchev's Thaw, so they made him escape from a Nazi camp]].
* BizarreAlienBiology: Subverted, HumanAliens are even compatible with Earthling medicine. However, played straight in the same scene, when Anton remembers "the dire effects that the application of simple iodine[[hottip:*:iodine solution is a popular casual disinfection drug in Russia]] by humanoids on Tagora has had".
* CrapsackWorld: Oh yes. Granted, the protagonists happen to find themselves in probably the shittiest place Saula has to offer, and outside of the camp it is said to [[ItGotBetter get better]].
* CultureClash
* DownerEnding: At least, [[spoiler: for Saul]].
* FishOutOfTemporalWater
* FirstContact
* HandCannon
* HandWave: It is never explained how [[spoiler: Saul traveled through time, how he returned back and how he came to possess a scorcher]]. In the Soviet SF community of the Sixties, which was quite high on the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness back then, this was quite a novelty and earned some criticism by fellow authors.
* HellHolePrison
* HumanAliens
* JustFriends: Anton and Galka.
* NoWomansLand: Justified, since they land in a concentration camp, and lampshaded by Haira.
* OrganicTechnology
* Precursors: The Wanderers use the planet as a sort of logistical node to transport some machines around the Galaxy. Or it may be a sort of Monolith. We'll never know.
* ProtocolPeril: The locals have a totally different speech intonation. What is perceived as humble pleas by Eartlings is actually meant as harsh commanding tone.
* ContinuityNod: The novel makes a reference to Rumata, notably two years before Literature/HardToBeGod was written. However, it is not clear whether the plot actually takes place before Literature/HardToBeGod, and the situation appears very novel to the protagonists, so it might well be a SeriesContinuityError.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: With Eartlings on the aliens' side.


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