Yeah, very tenuous. Another one I built up in my head! If you read the whole blog, there's a bit just before what I quoted, where he says one of their other books was a heavy influence on James Cameron's Avatar.OK, that's a pretty tenuous - just a throwaway line that he doesn't really dig into. I really think that they - like Tarkovsky - were attempting bigger things. Perhaps I'm wrong, I'd like to read more of their stuff to get a better idea.
have you seen it/did you like it? pretty compelling trailerI guess they were a big deal (Lem too for that matter). Hard To Be A God was based on one of their books as well and I remember some Russians I knew being excited well in advance... hype around their name I guess is what I'm saying.
Which other books and films feature a "Zone"? GR's an obvious one. Annihilation has "The Shimmer".
The Bone Clocks....This area was also home to the Cathars, who the film postulates frightened the Christians that came here, as they placed women in positions of power, and the Knights Templar, mystical Christian knights that were burned at the stake for blasphemy (or political and economic regions). Any genre fan will tell you that the Knights inspired The Blind Dead films. Again, I urge you to study more and learn of their complicated history.
In time, we discover that the Blind Cathar is a medieval heretic of supernatural power who founded a blackhearted cult of time- and realm-splitting body snatchers, the Anchorites.