Damn. I started a long essay over the weekend, and today I read a quote I’d forgotten, found by Jim Rossignol in Steve Shaviro’s CONNECTED, that fits right in and does a massive amount of lifting:
…as Steven Shaviro suggests in his bookConnected,Roadside Picnic, like all science fiction, actually exists to cast a shadow over the present. "It shows us how profoundly haunted we are by what has not yet happened," says Shaviro of science fiction writing. In the specific case ofRoadside Picnicand Tarkovsky’s film, what had not happened yet was the Chernobyl disaster.