Author(s): Akardy Strugatsky
Originally written in 1974, Definitely Maybe is here presented in its first ever unexpurgated edition. Its protagonist, Dmitry Alekseyevich Malyanov is an astrophysicist; just as he begins to realise that he is on the verge of a revolutionary discovery worthy of a Nobel Prize, his life becomes plagued by strange events. Malyanov suspects that his discovery is in the way of someone (or something) intent on preventing the completion of his work. An explanation is proposed by Malyanov's friend: the force is the Universe's adverse reaction to mankind's scientific pursuit.
ARKADY STRUGATSKY (1925-1991) was a specialist in Japanese literature and a translator of numerous books from Japanese into Russian. BORIS STRUGATSKY worked as an astrophysicist and computer expert until starting to write full-time in the 1960s, in collaboration with Arkady. The Strugatskys were the most acclaimed Soviet science fiction writers of the period, and their influence in both Russia and the rest ofthe world has persisted. The asteroid 3054 Strugatskia, discovered by Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh in 1977, was named after them. ANTONINA BOUIS is the noted translator of many Russian writers, including Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Tatyana Tolstoya, Sergei Dovlatov, and Andrei Sakharov.