Wanderers (Noon Universe)

Wanderers (Noon Universe)

Wanderers (Странники - pronounced: "stranniki") are a fictional alien race from the Noon Universe created by Strugatsky brothers. Their homeworld is unknown. No official contact between Earth and Wanderers has ever been registered, although they've contacted humans from other planets, e.g. Hope (Надежда).

Wanderers are mentioned in nearly every book about the Noon Universe.

Appearance

No information available. Judging by the remains of their technology available to humans, Wanderers were non-humanoid.

Technological Advancement

Wanderers are clearly the most technologically advanced race in the Noon Universe. Their scientific know-how easily surpasses that of humans, Tagorians and Golovans put together. Although they are extremely secretive, traces of their technology are found all over the Universe:
* Artificial satellites of Vladislava (discovered in 2121 AD) and Mars
* "Sarcophagus" (discovered in 2137) on an unnamed planet in the system of EN-9173 (see Stepchildren)
* "Everlasting machines" on Saula (discovered in 2141)
* Emanation emitters on Saraksh (discovered in 2148)
* Artificial tactical satellite of Ark (discovered in 2161)
* Assumed deportation of local population of Hope (discovered in 2162) and consequent hunt of the remnant population
* Assumed involvement in genetic enhancement of Tagorian race (exact date unknown)

A common attribute of most of Wanderers' technologies is "yantarin (янтарин)", a material with an unidentifiable structure. The name derives from Russian "yantar" ("янтарь") - "amber", because yantarin is very similar to amber visually.

Background

Nothing is known about the origins of Wanderers for sure but considering their actions and the traces they leave, it is obvious that they are "progressing" the Universe just like humans from Earth do. For example, the idea of what they did on Hope is quite similar to that of what Earth has done to Pantians. In the first case the reason was a man-made catastrophe, in the second - a natural one, but the solution was the same - deportation. It is also assumable that Wanderers from their higher technological state "progress" the humanity itself ("Stepchildren Case").

Wanderers and Humans

Wanderers and humans from the Earth have one thing in common: they are both "progressing" the Universe, since they are the only two actively spacefaring and exploring sentient races. Despite this, Wanderers somehow manage to keep their secrets and Earth knows only what they forget to hide or want it to know about them. For some people on Earth (see Rudolf Sikorski) Wanderers became a phobia but generally the public is not very concerned with them.

It is suspected that the unsuccessful "Mirror Project" ("учения "Зеркало") that led to numerous human casualties in 2136 was meant to work through Earth's defence in case of an attack launched by the Wanderers.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Noon Universe — The Noon Universe (Russian term: Мир Полудня or Мир Полдня World of Noon ) is a fictional future setting for a number of hard science fiction novels written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. The universe is named after Noon: 22nd Century, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Earth (Noon Universe) — In the Noon Universe created by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky Earth is one of the planets populated by humans as well as their assumed origin. It is identical to the modern Earth except for the fact that it is set in the XXII century. Earth is… …   Wikipedia

  • Humans (Noon Universe) — Humans (люди) of the Noon Universe created by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky are mostly identical to homo sapiens. Humans inhabit numerous planets, but their original homeworld is probably Earth, others being populated by humans, presumably, as a… …   Wikipedia

  • Foundlings (Noon Universe) — In the Noon Universe created by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, the foundlings are a group of 13 humans, who evolved out of the embryos stored in the sarcophagus . The embryos were discovered on December 26, 2137 by Boris Fokin s group of explorers… …   Wikipedia

  • Ark (Noon Universe) — Ark (Russian: Ковчег, Kovcheg ) is a fictional planet described in Space Mowgli ( Малыш ) by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. This planet is a part of the so called Noon Universe and presents a barren world very similar to Earth in all aspects except …   Wikipedia

  • Minor planets of Noon Universe — The Noon Universe novels by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky featured a number of planets that were not covered extensively over the course of the narrative. Nonetheless, some scant information about them is available. Contents 1 Blue Sands planet 2… …   Wikipedia

  • List of minor Noon Universe characters — The Noon Universe novels by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky featured a number of characters who were not of vital importance to the XXII century, like Leonid Gorbovsky or Maxim Kammerer. Contents 1 Bader, August Iogann Maria 2 Bromberg, Isaac 3… …   Wikipedia

  • Minor personalities of the Noon Universe — The Noon Universe novels by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky featured a number of characters who were not of vital importance to the XXII century, like Leonid Gorbovsky or Maxim Kammerer. Bader, August Iogann Maria August Iogann Maria Bader was a… …   Wikipedia

  • Noon: 22nd Century —   …   Wikipedia

  • The Time Wanderers — Infobox Book | name = The Time Wanderers title orig = Волны гасят ветер translator = Antonina W. Bouis image caption = author = Arkady and Boris Strugatsky illustrator = cover artist = country = Soviet Union language = Russian series = Noon… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”