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Beetle in the Anthill (The Noon Universe #8)

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Непредвиденная опасность придвинулась к Земле. Но прежде чем принимать контрмеры, комиссия по контактам должна решить: а действительно ли это опасность? Перед героями произведения, возникла загадка — чего добивались неведомые силы, которые еще в эмбрионах запрограммировали развитие нескольких десятков землян и «заклеймили» их иероглифом-тавром.
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published October 1st 1980 by Macmillan Publishing Co. (first published 1979)
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Pavel
This is my favorite book by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky and most probably favorite science fiction book overall.
Main idea: no matter how kind and fair a World is, creating Secrete Service leads to death of innocent people. It happens this way even when original purpose of Secrete service creation was good and people who are serving in it are a good people. In this sense by the way "Beetle in the Anthill" and "Homeland" (TV series) have very much in common...
Events take place in so-called "The N
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Evgeny
First of all a warning: do not read the annotation for this book here on Goodreads. It is in Russian, but Google does an acceptable job translating it. It contains a huge spoiler for something that is revealed after about two thirds of the book.

In the far future humanity explore distant planets while encountering different life forms on some of them. The scouts of the explorers are called Progressors and are highly trained in all forms of self-defense. One of these Progressors, Lev Abalkin secre
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Jim
The Wanderers traveled all over the galaxy, and -- who knows? -- perhaps beyond. All this happened some thousands of years ago. After all this time, no one knows what the Wanderers look like, even whether they were humanoid or not. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky wrote about what they referred to as the Noon Universe, as described below by the Wikipedia article about the brothers:
The main characteristics of the Noon Universe are: a very high level of social, scientific, and technological development
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Alesia
This is the second book in the trilogy about the adventures of Maxim Kammerer. It poses an important ethical question - what sort of behaviour is acceptiple towards beings who come from other planets or worlds. How far can one go if these beings might be a threat to the humankind.
I actually read this book, because I loved "The Inhabited Island", which is the 1st part of the trilogy. What I like about the Strugatsky's vision of the future is that it's positive. In their future, the planet is a hi
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Katherine Hurinovich
Аркадий и Борис Стругацкие "Жук в муравейнике"
Каково было моё разочарование, когда вторая часть не дала мне ответ на то, что же стало с Саракшем (необходимо заметить, что и третья книга вразумительного ответа также не дала). С другой стороны, а никто этого мне не обещал) Если кому-то не понравился "Обитаемый остров" ввиду слишком большого уровня жестокости, то your-welcome ко второй книге: с первой её связывает что-то вроде "Вот эта длинная история, как Максим познакомился со Странником".
Вся кни
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Marijap
Remarkable, thought-provoking example of soviet-union science-fiction. Reminded me how much I love the unique writing style of the Strugatsky brothers and their incredible, never-aging works.
What I love the most about their works is how they manage to present future in a very believable way, showing that people’s mentalities will not necessarily change in 100, 200+ years. I love how they almost redefine science-fiction, showing that this fiction genre doesn’t require battles with green aliens, b
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Andrea
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Eva 'Nomad'
Действието се развива в т.нар. Мир Полудня, „Свят Пладне, 22 век“, един свят на мир, благоденствие, изобилие и технологичен прогрес. Привидно спокоен, а всъщност наситен с морални конфликти и невидими вътрешни напрежения. В този свят хората вече контактуват с други цивилизации, но една от тях, Странниците, се появява и изчезва мистериозно, като за изследователите остават само артефакти с необяснимо предназначение и въпросите що за раса са те и към какво се стремят. Един изследовател, прогресорът ...more
Peter
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Mateusz
Doskonała książka która w oszczędny i charakterystyczny dla braci Strugackich sposób, porusza problemy wolności oraz człowieczeństwa. Choć minęło już przeszło 40 lat od wydania "Żuka w mrowisku", nadal zaskakuje i urzeka futuryzmem czekającej nas przyszłości.
Mikhail Ignatev
Ну... Наверное, надо было всё-таки в детстве её прочесть, сейчас, прямо скажем, не произвела особого впечатления. Единственное, конечно, что здорово - это финальная фраза, без дураков. Думаю, они с самого начала её и придумали)))
Nadina
I was pretty excited when I read this story. Science fiction isn't my favourite genre, that's why I didn't expected to get pleasure from reading. Fans of science fiction must have liked this book very much.
Lauri
Veidral kombel isegi natuke nagu meeldis, kuigi Strugatskitele omast emoga küllastatud tuimapanemist oli ka muidugi piisavalt. Siiski jäi seekord sisu vormile peale.
Antonina Sh
Вот он, вид фантастики, которую я люблю.
ПРиключения, приключения (читается взахлеб, как в детстве) и минимум занудно-научных деталей.
Затянуло, понравилось!
Sergei
If you like science fiction and read Russian I would recommend it. Good writing style and interesting story makes it very exciting.
JS
Excellent science fiction detective story!
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The brothers Arkady (Russian: Аркадий; August 28, 1925 – October 12, 1991) and Boris (Russian: Борис; April 14, 1933 – November 19, 2012) Strugatsky (Russian: Стругацкий; alternate spellings: Strugatskiy, Strugatski, Strugatskii) were Soviet-Russian science fiction authors who collaborated on their fiction.
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The Noon Universe (10 books)
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  • Далекая радуга
  • Escape Attempt
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