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Noon: 22nd Century

Noon Universe: Book 1

Arkady Strugatsky
Boris Strugatsky

The 22nd Century. Mankind is free from the age-old misery and poverty that have kept it in bondage, free to create a new world, to explore the universe, to confront the mysteries of human existence. Russia's greatest S-F writeres, Arkday and Boris Strugatsky, have produced a futuristic masterpiece of epic proportions and breathtaking vision.

Two interplanetary adventurers hurtle through space at a speed faster than light, and are flung a hundred years into the 22nd century. They find themselves on a planet both like and unlike the earth they abandoned so very long ago--and so recently.

It is a planet ruled by wisdom, where automated farms feed tens million inhabitants, where a complete system of moving roads brings the farthest outposts into close communion, where an advanced science in mechanization approaches the mysterious complexity of life itself. Here all effort is bound to the exhilarating art if discovery--way below the planet's waters, deep into the endless reaches of space and far beyond the boundless zones of the human mind.


  • Night on Mars
  • Almost the Same
  • Old-timer
  • The Conspirators
  • Chronicle
  • Two from the Taimyr
  • The Moving Roads
  • Cornucopia
  • Homecoming
  • Langour of the Spirit
  • The Assaultmen
  • Deep Search
  • The Mystery of the Hind Leg
  • Candles Before the Control Board
  • Natural Science in the Spirit World ilgrims and Wayfarers
  • The Planet with all the Conveniences
  • Defeat
  • The Meeting
  • What You Will Be Like

Escape Attempt

Noon Universe: Book 2

Arkady Strugatsky
Boris Strugatsky

Three short science fiction novellas by the Strugatsky brothers: Escape Attempt, The Kid from Hell and Space Mowgli.

Hard to Be a God

Noon Universe: Book 4

Arkady Strugatsky
Boris Strugatsky

Anton is an undercover operative from future Earth, who travels to an alien world whose culture has not progressed beyond the Middle Ages. Although in possession of far more advanced knowledge than the society around him, he is forbidden to interfere with the natural progress of history. His place is to observe rather than interfere - but can he remain aloof in the face of so much cruelty and injustice...?

Prisoners of Power

Noon Universe: Book 6

Arkady Strugatsky
Boris Strugatsky

Note: this version of the novel is the one based on a heavily censored source.

The novel is set in the 22nd century of the Noon Universe. Mankind is the prevalent race in the Galaxy, capable of interstellar travel. Human social organization is presumably Communist, and can be described as a highly technologically advanced anarchistic meritocracy.

The Inhabited Island

Noon Universe: Book 6

Arkady Strugatsky
Boris Strugatsky

When Maxim Kammerer, a young space explorer from twenty-second-century Earth, crash-lands on an uncharted world, he thinks of himself as a latter-day Robinson Crusoe. Eager to establish first contact with the planet's humanlike inhabitants, he finds himself increasingly entangled in their primitive way of life. After his experiences in their nightmarish military, criminal justice, and mental health systems, Maxim begins to realize that his sojourn on this radioactive and war-scarred world will not be a walk in the park.

The Inhabited Island is one of the Strugatsky brothers' most popular and acclaimed novels, yet the only previous English-language edition (Prisoners of Power) was based on a version heavily censored by Soviet authorities. Now, in a sparkling new edition by award-winning translator Andrew Bromfield, this land-mark novel can be newly appreciated by both longtime Strugatsky fans and new explorers of the Russian science fiction masters' astonishingly rich body of work.