By Alexander Bogdanov
Publish yr note: First released in 1908
A communist society on Mars, the Russian revolution, and sophistication fight on planets is the topic of this arresting technological know-how fiction novel by way of Alexander Bogdanov (1873 1928), one of many early organizers and prophets of the Russian Bolshevik celebration. The pink megastar is Mars, however it is usually the dream set to paper of the society which may emerge in the world after the twin victory of the socialist and scientific-technical revolutions. whereas portraying a harmonious and rational socialist society, Bogdanov sketches out the issues that may face industrialized countries, no matter if socialist or capitalist.
[A] strangely relocating tale. The New Yorker
Bogdanov's novels demonstrate very much approximately their interesting writer, approximately his time and, sarcastically, ours, and in regards to the style of utopia in addition to his contribution to it.Slavic Review
Bogdanov's creative predictions for his utopia are either technological and social... much more farsighted are [his] worried forebodings concerning the limits and prices of the utopian future.Science Fiction Studies
The modern reader will wonder at [Bogdanov's] foresight: nuclear fusion and propulsion, atomic weaponry and fallout, desktops, blood transfusions, and (almost) unisexuality. Choice
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The winter air streamed in under the awning, pleasantly cooling my burning face but unable to penetrate my warm clothing. Thousands of stars twinkled and shimmered above us, while through the transparent floor of the gondola I could see the black dots of the houses growing smaller. The bright spots of the electric lights of the capital receded into the distance and the snowy plain shone a dull, bluish white far below us. I felt dizzy. At first the sensation was slight and almost pleasant, but as it grew stronger I was forced to close my eyes to get rid of it.
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