I'm a game designer and a co-founder of Snow Arc studio, though "studio" is a bit ambitious word for a team of three. Live in London, study at UCL, originally from Russia, so I apologies for any mistakes you can read in my blogs/comments.
Posted by Satori4 on Aug 18th, 2012
I'm sorry readers, this post again quite loosely relates to the gaming world, but I should write it. Partly because I like sci-fi partly to disambiguate some notion about STALKER
Many people tend to think that Stalker is all about Chernobyl, radiation and other bullshit, but it's not. Stalker is a good game, I would even say excellent, for russian-ukrainian game dev, though I'm not the biggest fun.
GSG just borrowed the idea of the abandoned zone with deadly anomalies and stalkers, from soviet writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, however it lost a lot, mostly its dramma and atmosphere. No doubts, Stalker has its own unique charm, but it's totally different from the original storyline. I've read the book about 5 or 6 times and it impressed me a lot, and of course it influenced on my work and world perception.
you can read more on wiki En.wikipedia.org
If you like sci-fi, I would defiantly recommend you to take a look at this book, its original name "Roadside Picnic"
I found a link on Amazon, but the price is insane, I will try to find a link on something more reasonable and post it here later.
UPD. The link on PDF book http://thomas-hersey.wiki.uml.edu/file/view/Roadside+Picnic.pdf