About

Arkady and Boris StrugatskyThis site has been created as an English-language companion to the official (Russian-language) Web site of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (or ABS, as they are known to their fans), probably the most prolific and most popular Russian science fiction authors of the last 50 years.

It is hoped that over time, this site will host full-text English translations of books by ABS (a few are already here), as well as some derivative works, including fan literature and articles by literary scholars.

About ABS

Arkady Strugatsky (1925-1991) was born in Batumi (present-day Georgia).  Almost immediately after his birth, the family moved to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), where they remained until World War II.  As German troops were about to close their blockade of Leningrad, the family was evacuated to the Urals.  In 1943, Arkady was drafted into the Red Army and assigned to a training program for artillery officers.  Later, he was transferred to the Military Institute of Foreign Languages in Moscow, where he studied English and Japanese.  After graduating in 1949, he served in Soviet armed forces in the Far East until 1955, when he was discharged during a nationwide reduction of armed forces.  Following his discharge, he worked as scientific and literary translator until he switched to writing full-time around 1960.

Boris Strugatsky (b.1933) was born in Leningrad.  He graduated from Leningrad State University in 1954 with a degree in astronomy.  Following his graduation, he worked in the Pulkovo Observatory.  Over time, he gradually transitioned from full-time astronomy to full-time writing.