In Hard to Be a God, a group of historians from the future visit a medieval planet in order to observe its historical development. When Arkanar's Minister of Security, Don Reba, establishes a tyranny in the city, beginning a systematic purging of the intelligensia, observer Don Anton Rumata feels he must contravene the Terran Historical Institute's directive of non-interference by helping dissidents to escape. 'Can man be a god?' asks Anton. Can, or should, a god merely stand by and permit evil?
Original title: Трудно быть богом [Trudno byt' bogom]
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ World Versions→ Alternate and Parallel Worlds