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5 stars for Far Rainbow; still uncertain where I'd place The Second Invasion from Mars.Far Rainbow is my favorite kind of Strugatsky: bizarre physics, incredible characters, a rich and surprising plot, and (akin to PKD) an inability to measure or understand the powerful events sweeping the characters along.. (Personal note: my favorite character, Leonid, gave me words I will strive to live by: (paraphrased) "In over a hundred years of life, I've never met an unpleasant person".)(PKD versus Strug...
In a blurb praising another of their novels on the back cover of this book, Ursula K. Le Guin describes the Strugatsky brothers as combining Gogol and Chekhov. You can find Gogol the satirist and Chekhov the humanist in the two novelettes contained here, and pretty evenly divided too.In Far Rainbow, a calamity is spreading across the planet Rainbow, caused by a science experiment that’s gotten out of control. The science doesn’t really matter; it's important only insofar as any disruption in hum...
Two novellas in one book, both by the Strugatsky brothers, with an introduction by Theodore Sturgeon. Both very different! And neither quite like any of the other Strugatsky brothers books I've read to date (Hard to be a God, Roadside Picnic, Definitely Maybe, The Dead Mountaineer's Inn, Monday Begins on Saturday)Far Rainbow is sent on a distant colony planet of the same name. It's a science colony, through there are also some tourists and children's colonies on the planet. When a deadly 'wave'
The Far Rainbow is a classic Strugatsky book, full of frightening philosophic questions, complicated physics and complex characters. Although nothing could ever outreach their masterpiece “Roadside picknick”, The Far Rainbow is another brilliant example of Strugatsky’s humanism and understanding of our world. Daruga, a far planet in the Solar system, has been transformed to a playground of extremely unpredictable physical experiments. Science is the most honest attempt of mankind to understand t...
3-1/2. Maybe 4; this is one I'm going to have to think about for awhile.
Both of these short novels are delightful. The Strugatskys have a real gift for writing thought-provoking stories that are also entertaining.
Matus was right, the first story was interesting and the second story was kind of weird. Even now, ruminating on the second story, I'm not quite sure what happened. Far Rainbow was intriguing, and I wish they had said a little more about the experiments, but enough was said that you could suspend disbelief and go with it, I think.
Rating 3/5 for "The Second Invasion from Mars"
Far Rainbow is outstanding in its heartbreaking simplicity.