Boris Strugatsky, one of the most amazing sci-fi writers ever, passed away today. Together with his brother Arkady he created multiple worlds of adventure and science for readers to roam. 

Grab any of the Strugatsky books - very much worth your time:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monday_Begins_on_Saturday
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadside_Picnic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_to_Be_a_God


The NiiChaVo institute from "Monday begins on Saturday" in particular reminds me of what the Google work ethic and atmosphere is all about (:
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