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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: 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: 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'' ''TabletopGame/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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A final interesting lexical note - "stalker" is not a translation. The Brothers really liked [[GratuitousForeignLanguage the English 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 Russian-language works like the film and games.


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A final interesting lexical note - "stalker" is not a translation. The Brothers really liked [[GratuitousForeignLanguage the English 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 Russian-language works like the film and games. \n\n Also, they were not aware about it's precise meaning, so "stalker" here is not "somebody creepily following another with weird obsession", but rather "somebody moving slowly and carefully constantly expecting trouble".



* WeirdnessMagnet: Anyone who was near a Zone at the time of the Visitation became this. It takes twenty years for the authorities to notice, because it's not immediately obvious. One case study is a barber who left the city, but his clients had a 90% mortality rate over the course of a year, due to various freak accidents. At the beginning of the book they are paying people to leave the Zone, so that they can build a military perimeter around it, but that policy is soon reversed.

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* WeirdnessMagnet: Anyone who was near a Zone at the time of the Visitation became this. It takes twenty years for the authorities to notice, because it's not immediately obvious. One case study is a barber who left the city, but his clients had a 90% mortality rate over the course of a year, due to various freak accidents. At the beginning of the book they are paying people to leave the Zone, so that they can build a military perimeter around it, but that policy is soon reversed.reversed when they realize that the weirdness of the Zone is following them.

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* LowCultureHighTech: Humanity makes considerable strides by repurposing Zone tech, but even over decades they never quite figure out the artifacts' true purpose or how exactly they work.


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* MundaneObjectAmazement: The key implication of the "roadside picnic" analogy is that humans are engaging in this, that the marvelous artifacts of the Zone might just be some alien's casually-tossed litter.


* BookEnds: Both the first and last chapter, eight years apart, both feature Redrick leading a novice companion on a Stalking expedition to find some artifact of inestimable value.

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* BookEnds: Both the The first and last chapter, eight years apart, both feature Redrick leading a novice companion on a Stalking expedition to find some artifact of inestimable value.

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* BookEnds: Both the first and last chapter, eight years apart, both feature Redrick leading a novice companion on a Stalking expedition to find some artifact of inestimable value.


* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The Visitation changed everything for humanity, but for the aliens that caused it, it was just a [[TitleDrop Roadside Picnic]].

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The Visitation changed everything for humanity, but for the aliens that caused it, it was might as well have been just a [[TitleDrop Roadside Picnic]].


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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: One notable stalker is known as "the Vulture," apparently for leaving others to die while he returns with the loot himself. No one really likes or trusts him, not even Redrick.


''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.

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