Full Speed Ahead

I read a 400-page book in Russian in one day (yesterday). And it was a busy day. It’s a pity there’s little I want to read in Russian, or I’d be very well-read at this speed.

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  1. I don’t know if sci-fi is your thing at all, but …

    If you were able to get into “Roadside Picnic” by the Strugatsky brothers, maybe you could also get into “Metro 2033” and its two sequels.

    The starting premise: everything up top in Moscow has gone to shit, and now everyone who survived lives in the Moscow subway system, hence the “Metro” name.

    A hint as to where it ends up: the writer is a former journalist who has a few things to say about the nomenklatura on the way to the ending, but he doesn’t do it in a way where it’s a lecture.

    Instead, the author merely notices what’s wrong about these people and why it would be a huge delight for them to rule over the people trapped within the subway system.

    Also, if you were a fan of Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”, this might be an interesting take as well.

    Given that we’re living in a present-day with evil villains right out of a Robert Heinlein short story, maybe yet one more sci-fi dystopia is worth considering.

    Of course, at some point, everything that’s a sci-fi dystopia winds up being yet another reworking of Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We” … which you should also check out if you haven’t yet.

    Every author of a modern dystopia from Orwell to Huxley to Vonnegut owes some of the formula to Zamyatin.

    Try more genre literature sometime! 🙂

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