Escape Attempt reminded me of Ursula Le Guin’s story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” This story presents the choice of staying in a utopia city that requires the suffering of one child or leaving the city for the unknown. Although this is not the choice presented in Escape Attempt, it seems that the Strugatskys are dealing with similar moral issues and themes in their book. Even from the beginning of the story, the reader sees that Earth has possibly become a utopia, but that others suffer because of this society, such as the “hummingbird” machine, which is actually an animal. Uncle Sasha states that, “it’s just not humane…the poor spoiled wreck is suffering” (4). It also seems that the Takhorgs are suffering and being killed just for the entertainment of tourists. Vadim tries to justify their deaths by saying that they sometimes attack humans, but it is then stated that the beasts are clumsy, all too familiar, and boring (10-14). Once they land on Saula, Vadim and Anton exhibit an uncompromising moral superiority compared to Saul, which does not seem to apply to the suffering of animals mentioned in the story. By the end of the story, the positions of moral authority have switched and Saul becomes the uncompromising character, possibly because he begins to compare the fur coat men to SS officers. He states, “you can correct certain historical errors,” while Vadim thinks to himself, “We did everything we could and everything we should have. What else could we have done?” (92, 97). I found this switch of morality to be confusing and a bit random; why do the events on the planet affect Vadim and Saul so differently?