Zones are areas where the laws of nature have gone insane and life has either perished or become twisted beyond recognition. They were to be cut off from the world, lost and forgotten behind walls and fences. Criminals called stalkers explore the Zones in search of artefacts; small fragments of alien culture and technology that defy our understanding of reality.
Jacob Moncke was there on Day One.
Thirteen years later events conspire to draw him back as he becomes tangled in a web of conspiracy and murder.
The Hollow Pilgrim follows in the footsteps of Roadside Picnic, the legendary scifi-classic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. With approval and a license from Boris Strugatsky (1933-2012), it brings the setting of Roadside Picnic to the modern era, while staying true to the original work in themes and atmosphere.
"Ville Vuorela tells a gripping noir tale in the broken world of the Strugatskys' Roadside Picnic, where no one is what they seem and happy endings are hard to come by.
I really enjoyed it!"
- Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief