"From the Zones" turned 21 this weekend. That is, the 20th and 21st contributions to this cross-blog (and cross G+) collaboration went live over the last few days. The two most recent Field Reports were from The City of Iron and Hereticwerks blogs. Both deal with some of the strange phenomena discovered in the Zones.
From the Zones is inspired by the classic Soviet SF novel "Roadside Picnic" by Arcady and Boris Strugatsky, and by Andrei Tarkovsky's STALKER, the film based on the movie. The Zones are places where an alien Visit occurred; the aliens left behind various things, life forms, garbage/waste - quite frankly no one is quite sure what these items are, but many of them are both deadly and inexplicable. Various militaries, paramilitaries, and police have set up Zones of Exclusion around the Zones.
The idea was to establish a cordon sanitaire around these alien-infected spaces, but the reality is that people called Stalkers keep on sneaking in the Zones to take things out. There is a market for the artifacts they recover. And some of the Stalkers may actually be addicted to the experience of stalking/infiltrating the Zone. It is subtle. It is still. It is capable of sudden, deadly movement. The place seems alive and aware of those who come to it.
The basic background on for From the Zones - along with guidelines for how to participate - are available right here. A table of all the contributions to date are right here. We have had reports from Zones in Calgary, the U.S.A., and Africa. Numerous subtle, enigmatic, and deadly phenomena have been identified. So much so that scientists have even established a taxonomic scheme to classify new findings.
New discoveries are being made all the time, and we are certain there is a great deal more to discover. You can make a contribution at any time.
"From the Zones" logo courtesy of Hereticwerks