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  • Android and Robot Models
    • Bloodhound
      • Experimental robotic device that made a brilliant showing during the geological surveys in The Zone.
    • SK-3
      • Also known as The Minstrel. Experimental robotic device launched into The Zone that followed the route well and brought back a few bracelets, a strange vanadium-alloy disk and a buckle from a pair of Lux brand suspenders.
  • Artifacts
    • Batteries
      • A round black stick (also called So-So) that produced endless energy and can be used to power vehicles instead of an engine. Small, easily portable, and able to replicate through a process similar to cell division. Its power to propel vehicles appears to last indefinitely. A Stalker is said to get 20 for on the market for a battery while the price in Europe is 100.
    • Black Sparks
      • Mentioned, but never described in the novel.
    • Black Sprays
      • Black beads that are sometimes used in jewelery. A ray of light shone into one of these beads will be delayed in time and distorted. The transmission of the light is delayed depending on the bead's weight, size, and several other parameters. The light which exits the bead is always less than what entered. No other known properties.
    • Bracelets
      • Somehow causes the person wearing one to become healthier over time.
    • Bug Traps
      • A.k.a "Gravi-concentrates". Dangerous, invisible traps that crush the unwary.
    • Death Lamp
      • "Eight years ago a Stalker by the name of Stefan Norman, nicknamed Four-Eyes, brought out an apparatus from the Zone that, as far as can be judged, was some kind of ray-emitting system fatal to earth organisms. This Four-Eyes offered the apparatus to the Institute. They did not agree on the price. Four-eyes re-entered the Zone and never came out again. The present whereabouts of the apparatus is unknown. People at the Institute are still tearing their hair out over failing to buy it, and now are offering any amount for it that could be written on a check."
    • Dick The Tramp
      • Never actually seen, this artifact (if that is even what it is) seems to cause noise and shaking inside the industrial plant in the Zone. A Nobel Prize winning scientist jokes that it could be a wind-up toy that a Visitor child accidentally left behind. Possibly the only long term 'inhabitant' of the Zone.
    • Empties
      • Two copper discs the size of Frisbees, about a quarter inch thick, which permanently maintain an empty space of a foot and a half between each other. It is unknown how the two discs are attracted to each other or what holds them in place. No force seems to be able to push them closer together or pull them apart. It is possible to pass any object through the empty space between the two discs. The device seems to possess no other unusual properties and has the mass of two copper discs of the appropriate size. Possibly a type of a container. One unique specimen, the "full empty," has been found, "filled" with blue liquid. The blue substance sifted cloudily in slow streams between the discs, like a glass jar with blue syrup inside. The "full" specimen was too heavy for one strong man to move, and almost too heavy for two men to move. The novel states that a Stalker can get 400 for an empty w.
    • The Golden Ball/sphere
      • Artifact Burbridge claims to have found: "The Golden Ball," said Burbridge. "I found it. There were so many tales about it. I spun a few myself. That it would grant your every wish. Any wish, hah! If that were true, I sure wouldn't be here. I'd be living high on the hog in Europe. Swimming in dough."
    • Golden Sphere
      • Also known as the Wish Machine, this universally coveted artifact allegedly grants a wish of a person standing in front of it. It is a copper-colored sphere located behind a bulldozer at the entrance to a quarry inside the Zone. To reach it requires at least two people: The first person will be killed by a phenomenon called the "Meat Grinder" (located next to the bulldozer) which twists and crushes the person until what is left resembles ground meat. Killing someone in this fashion deactivates the Meat Grinder for some time. While the Meat Grinder is dormant, the second person can safely reach the Golden Sphere and make a wish. The Stalker known as Buzzard supposedly made multiple wishes that came true including wishing for a grown son and daughter. Redrick describes his impression of the Wish Machine as: "It lay at the foot of the quarry's far wall, cosily resting amidst piles of rocks.
    • Happy Ghosts
      • No description available
    • Itchers
      • A few centimetres in diameter. Squeezing it several times causes strange effects in a radius of a few hundred yards. Dogs start howling and barking as they sense its activation, before humans notice any effects. It affects humans in different ways: some get nose-bleeds, others starts hysterically screaming, some fall into deep depression, others go berserk, and some panic.
    • Lobster Eyes
      • Unknown function. Very rare item.
    • Pins
      • Slightly blue and occasionally spattered with other colors-yellow, red, and green. When squeezed with fingers, a few pins generated "weak red bolts illuminating the pin that were suddenly replaced by slower green pulses." The majority required special machines to cause this effect. Unknown functionality.
    • Rattling Napkins
      • Unknown function. Very rare item.
    • Ring
      • Very rare or possibly unique item. Redrick found one in the novel. It referred to have the size of an actual "ring", and once spun, it never stops, seemingly defying the first law of thermodynamics.
    • Schuhart's Jar
      • The full empty that Red brings back from the zone: "But you'll go down in science. That's what they'll call it, 'Schuhart's jar.' Like the sound of it?"
    • Shriekers
      • No description available
    • Sponges
      • Mentioned, but never described in the novel.
    • Wriggling Magnet
      • Very rare or possibly unique item. Removed from the Zone by Stalker nicknamed Buzzard. Redrick suspects that Buzzard was granted a wish by the Golden Sphere to be able to safely retrieve and remove this unique item since it could not otherwise be reached without being killed. This theory is supported by the fact that Buzzard mentions to Redrick in the second act, "I've been to places you could only dream of". As Redrick was one of the most talented Stalkers, having explored most of the Zone, it would seem to imply that Buzzard used a wish to enter otherwise inaccessible areas of the Zone. Functionality unknown.
  • Bars and Night Clubs
    • The Borscht
      • Local bar in Harmont that Red frequents.
    • The Luna Complex
      • "The world's best jazz, and a variety show, and so on. Everything for our glorious troops and our brave tourists, especially the elderly ones, and for the noble knights of science."
  • Beliefs, Concepts and Theories
    • The Pilman Radiant
      • Concept/Theory introduced by Dr. Valentine Pilman: "The Pilman Radiant is simplicity itself. Imagine that you spin a huge globe and you start firing bullets into it. The bullet holes would lie on the surface in a smooth curve. The whole point of what you call my first serious discovery lies in the simple fact that all six Visitation Zones are situated on the surface of our planet as though someone had taken six shots at Earth from a pistol located somewhere along the Earth-Deneb line. Deneb is the alpha star in Cygnus. The Point in the heavens from which, so to speak, the shots came is the Pilman Radiant."
  • Books-Nonfiction
    • Stetson's History Of The Visitation
      • Book mentioned by Dr. Valentine Pilman: "According to some sources, the Pilman Radiant was discovered by a schoolboy. Unfortunately, I don't remember his name. Look it up in Stetson's History of the Visitation. It's described in full detail there. His version is that the radiant was discovered by a schoolboy, that a college student published the coordinates, but that for some unknown reason it was named after me."
  • Books-Other
    • A Surprising Property Of Magnetic Traps Of Type 77b
      • One of Kirill's posthumous papers that had been published.
  • Cities and Towns
    • Harmont
      • No description available
    • Rexopolis
      • City: "We turned in our passes to the last sergeant, only this time, for a change of pace, it was a lieutenant. I know him, his father sells grave borders in Rexopolis."
  • Corporations
    • Mitsubishi Denshi
      • Mr. Lemchen nodded as though his worst suspicions had been confirmed, pressed his fingertips together in a steeple in front of his face, and carefully examined them for a while. "I suppose that we won't be discussing the legal affairs of the Mitsubishi DenshiCompany," he finally said.
  • Doctors
    • James Cutterfield
      • Doctor, a specialist Noonan recommends to Guta: "Nonsense," Noonan said hollowly. "You should go to a real specialist. Go see James Cutterfield. Do you want me to talk to him? I'll arrange an appointment."
  • Institutes
    • International institute of Extraterrestrial Cultures
      • Also known as I.I.E.C. Agency that studies the zones.
  • Laboratories
    • Currigan Labs
      • Site of catastrophic Witches Jelly incident: "Are you kidding? Did you know what happened with that jelly? Have you heard of the Currigan Labs? There's this little private supplier... So they got themselvessome jelly..."
  • Legal Services
    • Corsh, Corsh And Saymack
      • Law firm that Noonan visits.
  • Menu Items-Drinks
    • Witches' Jelly (Mixed Drink)
      • Mixed drink Red mentions, named after the substance in The Zone. "I learned how to make a new cocktail at this bar," Redrick was saying as he poured more whiskey. "It's called Witches' Jelly, I'll make you one later, after we've eaten. Brother, it's not something you should have on an empty stomach, it's dangerous to the health: one drink makes your arms and legs numb."
  • Mountains
    • White Mountain
      • No description available
  • Natural Areas
    • First Blind Quarter
      • Some areas of the Zones later became labeled by scientists as the 'First Blind Quarter', 'Plague Quarter', 'Second Blind Quarter' based on the effects the Visitation had on the population.
    • Plague Quarter
      • Some areas of the Zones later became labeled by scientists as the 'First Blind Quarter', 'Plague Quarter', 'Second Blind Quarter' based on the effects the Visitation had on the population.
    • Second Blind Quarter
      • Some areas of the Zones later became labeled by scientists as the 'First Blind Quarter', 'Plague Quarter', 'Second Blind Quarter' based on the effects the Visitation had on the population.
    • The Zone
      • No description available
  • Newspapers
    • The Harmont Times
      • No description available
  • Police Departments
    • International Police Force
      • No description available
  • Radio Stations
    • Harmont Radio
      • Local radio station in Harmont.
  • Songs
    • Don't Come Back If You're Not Sure
      • Song on the jukebox: "Mr. Aloysius Macnaught tried to make some point, quoting a lot of figures. But I wasn't listening. I took a good long gulp, pulled out a lot of change from my pocket, got off the stool and pumped the jukebox. There's a song on there: ‘Don't Come Back If You're Not Sure'. It has a good effect on me after a trip to the Zone."
  • Substances
    • The Burning Fluff/fuzz
      • Dangerous substance in The Zone.
    • Hell Slime
      • Dangerous substance in The Zone.
    • Satan's Blossom
      • Dangerous substance in The Zone.
    • Witches Jelly
      • The scientists refer to this as a colloidal gas. The substance penetrates any organic material, plus plastic, metal and concrete. Only special ceramic vessels seem to contain it. Almost everything that it touches transforms into more Witches Jelly.
  • Tactical Clothing Products
    • Special Suit
      • Suit worn by Stalkers when exploring The Zone: "At first glance it didn't seem like anything special, just an outfit like a diving suit with a bubble-top helmet with a visor. Not really like a diver's, more like a jet pilot's or an astronaut's. It was light, comfortable, without binding any where, and you didn't sweat in it. In a little suit like that you could go through fire, and gas couldn't penetrate it. They say even a bullet can't get through."
  • Thoroughfares-Avenues
    • Central Avenue/Boulevard
      • Street in Harmont.
  • Thoroughfares-Streets
    • 16th Street
      • Street in Harmont.
    • 7th Street
      • Street in Harmont.
    • Miner Street
      • Street in Harmont.
  • Vehicle Models - Aircraft
    • Flying Boot
      • Hovercraft vehicle used to explore The Zone.
  • Water
    • The Hot Springs
      • No description available
    • The Rainbow Lakes
      • No description available

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