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''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. A licensed TabletopRPG called ''STALKER The Sci-Fi Roleplaying Game'' published by the Finnish Burger Games was released in 2008, with an English translation released in 2012. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even being embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} ([[LifeImitatesArt and its Exclusion Zone]]) and similar areas. [[LifeImitatesArt You really can hire a stalker to sneak you to Pripyat illegally.]]

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''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. A licensed TabletopRPG (based on the book) called ''STALKER ''Stalker: The Sci-Fi Roleplaying Game'' published by the Finnish Burger Games was released in 2008, with an English translation released in 2012. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even being embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} ([[LifeImitatesArt and its Exclusion Zone]]) and similar areas. [[LifeImitatesArt You really can hire a stalker to sneak you to Pripyat illegally.]]


''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. A licensed TabletopRpPG called ''TabletopGame/STALKERTheSciFiRoleplayingGame'' published by the Finnish Burger Games was released in 2008, with an English translation released in 2012. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even being embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} ([[LifeImitatesArt and its Exclusion Zone]]) and similar areas. [[LifeImitatesArt You really can hire a stalker to sneak you to Pripyat illegally.]]

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''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. A licensed TabletopRpPG TabletopRPG called ''TabletopGame/STALKERTheSciFiRoleplayingGame'' ''STALKER The Sci-Fi Roleplaying Game'' published by the Finnish Burger Games was released in 2008, with an English translation released in 2012. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even being embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} ([[LifeImitatesArt and its Exclusion Zone]]) and similar areas. [[LifeImitatesArt You really can hire a stalker to sneak you to Pripyat illegally.]]


''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} and similar areas.

A licensed TabletopRpg called ''TabletopGame/STALKERTheSciFiRoleplayingGame'' published by the Finnish Burger Games was released in 2008, with an English translation released in 2012.

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''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. A licensed TabletopRpPG called ''TabletopGame/STALKERTheSciFiRoleplayingGame'' published by the Finnish Burger Games was released in 2008, with an English translation released in 2012. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even being embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} ([[LifeImitatesArt and its Exclusion Zone]]) and similar areas.

areas. [[LifeImitatesArt You really can hire a stalker to sneak you to Pripyat illegally.]]

A licensed TabletopRpg called ''TabletopGame/STALKERTheSciFiRoleplayingGame'' published by final interesting lexical note - "stalker" is not a translation. The Brothers really liked [[GratuitousForeignLanguage the Finnish Burger Games was released in 2008, with an English translation released word "stalker"]] and transliterated it into Russian. But since they didn't speak English well at the time, they mispronounced it "stahl-ker" rather than "staw-ker", and it remains pronounced so in 2012.Russian-language works like the film and games.



''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even was even embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} and similar areas.

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''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even was even embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} and similar areas.


''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even was even embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} and similar areas.

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''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even was even embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} and similar areas.


''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Videogame/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even was even embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} and similar areas.

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''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Videogame/{{Metro}}'' ''Franchise/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even was even embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} and similar areas.


''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series.

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''Roadside Picnic'' has been loosely adapted to film as ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (1979). Both the book and the movie have inspired the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' game series.
series. And the concept of "stalkers" and "zones" spread spread far beyond the Strugatsky brothers, appearing in series like ''Videogame/{{Metro}}'' and ''Videogame/MutantYearZero'' and even was even embraced in real life by scavengers around UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} and similar areas.


* [[spoiler:NoEnding]]: [[spoiler:Redrick sacrifices Arthur by allowing the latter to run into the meat grinder, without any warnings, setting it off and killing him almost instantly. With a few minutes to spare before the trap reactivates, Redrick sits and sadly contemplates his actions, debating his supposed morality versus the town's wickedness. He then makes a final decision by walking down to the golden ball, selflessly repeating Arthur's wish for 'happiness for everybody'. The story abruptly ends without showing what happens next, and with the Strugatsky brothers having passed away without leaving any clues, it's left open-ended.]]

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* [[spoiler:NoEnding]]: NoEnding: [[spoiler:Redrick sacrifices Arthur by allowing the latter to run into the meat grinder, without any warnings, setting it off and killing him almost instantly. With a few minutes to spare before the trap reactivates, Redrick sits and sadly contemplates his actions, debating his supposed morality versus the town's wickedness. He then makes a final decision by walking down to the golden ball, selflessly repeating Arthur's wish for 'happiness for everybody'. The story abruptly ends without showing what happens next, and with the Strugatsky brothers having passed away without leaving any clues, it's left open-ended.]]



* SelflessWish: [[spoiler: The very ending.]]

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* SelflessWish: [[spoiler: The very ending.[[spoiler:At the end, Redrick decides to repeat Arthur's wish following the latter's death.]]

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* CareerEndingInjury: [[spoiler: Burbridge's encounter with the Hell Slime/Witches Jelly [[BodyHorror dissolves his legs]], no more Stalking for him]].


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* EndOfAnAge: The last chapter has this tone. Life around the Zone slowly achieves a sense of normality. Most of the original "old-school" Stalkers are dead, disabled or moved on. Most artifacts have already been picked and the remaining ones are being collected by remote-controlled drones instead of Stalkers. [[spoiler: Redrick's and Arthur's expedition to find the Golden Sphere is supposed to be one last hurrah for Redrick, he intends to retire after this.]]


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* OneLastJob: [[spoiler: The last chapter's quest for the Golden Sphere is intended to be Redrick's last venture into the Zone before retiring.]]


* BerserkButton: Don't try to harm Redrick's family. When his father turned into a zombie and they came to take him for study, Red threw two orderlies and three doctors out of his home. When he comes back for the van driver, he finds the van empty, since the driver's already run away in fear during the commotion.

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* BerserkButton: Don't try to harm Redrick's family. When his father turned into a zombie and they came to take him for study, Red threw two orderlies and three doctors out of his home.home, chasing them for a couple of blocks on foot. When he comes back for the van driver, he finds the van empty, since the driver's already run away in fear during the commotion.


* BerserkButton: Don't try to harm Redrick's family. When his father turned into a zombie and they came to take him for study, Red threw two orderlies and three doctors out of his home.

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* BerserkButton: Don't try to harm Redrick's family. When his father turned into a zombie and they came to take him for study, Red threw two orderlies and three doctors out of his home. When he comes back for the van driver, he finds the van empty, since the driver's already run away in fear during the commotion.

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*[[spoiler:NoEnding]]: [[spoiler:Redrick sacrifices Arthur by allowing the latter to run into the meat grinder, without any warnings, setting it off and killing him almost instantly. With a few minutes to spare before the trap reactivates, Redrick sits and sadly contemplates his actions, debating his supposed morality versus the town's wickedness. He then makes a final decision by walking down to the golden ball, selflessly repeating Arthur's wish for 'happiness for everybody'. The story abruptly ends without showing what happens next, and with the Strugatsky brothers having passed away without leaving any clues, it's left open-ended.]]

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* KidsAreCruel: Because of her horrible condition, it's implied that Redrick's daughter was being bullied by the other children in their neighbourhood. To help her, he bribes them by building playsets in the park as long as they stop.


* ETGaveUsWiFi: Here, this trope is transferred into the future: Humanity makes considerable progress by studying and finding uses for the artifacts found in the Zone -- even if scientists admit that they understand little about how and why these artifacts work, they have found out what some of them do and invented ways to put them to use.

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* ETGaveUsWiFi: Here, this trope is transferred into the future: Humanity makes considerable progress by studying and finding uses for the artifacts found in the Zone -- even if scientists admit that they understand little about how and why these artifacts work, they have found out what some of them do and invented ways to put them to use. Some characters ponder this, wondering if there is a better way to use the artifacts we just can't see, and if the use we're putting them to is equivalent to using a computer screen as a night light.


* AliensAreBastards: Some characters take this point of view. For them, the aliens radically altered human history then left them on their own to deal with the Zones.



* AmputationStopsSpread: Burbridge comes in contact with [[GreyGoo Witches Jelly]] while in the Zone which starts to slowly dissolve his leg bones. A doctor amputates them below the knee to stop the Jelly from eventually killing him.
* ArtificialLimbs: After his stint with Witches Jelly that cost him the lower halves of his legs, Burbridge gets a pair of prosthetic legs made with technology developed by research in the Zone.



* BerserkButton: Don't try to harm Redrick's family. When his grandfather turned into a zombie and they came to take him for study, Red threw two orderlies and three doctors out of his home.

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* BerserkButton: Don't try to harm Redrick's family. When his grandfather father turned into a zombie and they came to take him for study, Red threw two orderlies and three doctors out of his home.



* BodyHorror: [[GreyGoo Witches Jelly]] dissolved the leg bones of Burbridge. The description of what it did to the flesh isn't pretty either.



* EvilOldFolks: Burbridge 'The Vulture' is mostly described with two characteristics: he's old, and he's a complete bastard.



* ForHappiness: [[spoiler: "HAPPINESS FOR EVERYBODY, FREE, AND NO ONE WILL GO AWAY UNSATISFIED!"]]



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: This is Redrick's reasoning for taking some highly dangerous "Witches Jelly" out of the Zone and selling it to the military. They'll pay really well and he needs to [[PapaWolf support his family]].



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Redrick does a lot of very questionable things. He also does some good, genuinely cares for his family, and eventually makes a [[spoiler: SelflessWish ForHappiness]].



* {{Mutants}}: Red's daughter has fur and a tail; his friend's butler is severely deformed (and mentally disabled) by exposure to the Zone.

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* {{Mutants}}: Red's daughter has fur and a tail; his friend's butler is severely deformed (and mentally disabled) by exposure to the Zone. It's stated that the children of Stalkers are born with various anomalies, another side effect of the Zone.


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* PapaWolf: Redrick is very protective of his {{mutant}} daughter. Also, in an inversion, he's very protective of his zombie father (who's harmless) and became physically violent when scientists came to grab him for experiments.
* RagnarokProofing: PlayedWith: It's been years since the Zone appeared, and most of the manmade structures inside decayed as expected, but certain areas still remain pristine in spite of the complete lack of maintenance. Just another unexplained weirdness of the Zone.


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* SelflessWish: [[spoiler: The very ending.]]

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