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Red Star

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  210 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
"[A] surprisingly moving story." The New Yorker

"Bogdanov's novels reveal a great deal about their fascinating author, about his time and, ironically, ours, and about the genre of utopia as well as his contribution to it." Slavic Review

"Bogdanov's imaginative predictions for his utopia are both technological and social... Even more farsighted are [his] anxious forebodings a
Paperback, 257 pages
Published June 22nd 1984 by Indiana University Press (first published 1908)
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May 30, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
Alien abductions! Interplanetary romance! Scarily accurate technological predictions! Spacecraft powered by anti-matter! The threat of genocide on a global scale! Proletarian revolution! What else do you want from a utopian sci-fi novel published in 1908 by an eccentric Bolshevik scientist, writer, and revolutionary?
Jobjörn Folkesson
Apr 25, 2016 Jobjörn Folkesson rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
Den här boken är lite speciell. Det är en science fiction-roman från 1908 och handlar om en ung bolsjevik som åker till Mars och lär sig om det socialistiska samhället där. Även om en kan ha invändningar mot en del detaljer - som i varje utopistisk beskrivning - verkar det ändå jävligt grymt med kommunism. Till och med växtligheten är röd!

Bortsett från att socialism på mars är stoffet drömmar görs av är boken även intressant med tanke på sin historiska utgångspunkt. Den är alltså skriven av Alex
Apr 10, 2014 Fabulantes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficcion
"Desde la óptica de la ciencia-ficción, Estrella Roja recuerda indudablemente a varias novelas del Ekumen, la saga espacial de Ursula K. Le Guin. Es notable la idea de vecindad espacial que pone a una sociedad teóricamente utópica a las puertas de un mundo capitalista, tal y como ocurre en Los desposeídos. Sorprendentemente, hay otro rasgo más de la obra de Bogdánov en Le Guin: al igual que la escritora californiana rompiera las fronteras de género
Apr 19, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
As some insight into historical ideology, Red Star is great (I guess). But as a novel, not good. Boring. Boring. Boring. I skipped through and just found what I needed for my homework...
Tyler Anderson
Mar 03, 2009 Tyler Anderson rated it liked it
Odd, dated, pre-digital, ham-handed, and interesting. People interested in early Soviet ideas and early sci-fi will find this a worth while read. If you see a copy, grab it, read it, hand it along.
May 02, 2008 Janine rated it really liked it
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This is one of my favorite books. Written by Alyaksandr Malinouski, more commonly known as Alexander Bogdanov. A work of science fiction about a socialist utopia on Mars.
Dec 06, 2011 Brendan rated it it was ok
a good example of soviet idealism, interesting, but not terribly exciting. still culturally significant.
Nov 09, 2012 Brook rated it liked it
Good primitive AFTER from the early 20th century, similar to Gilman's Herland or Bellamy.
Dec 30, 2015 Feérica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bogdánov nos cuenta a través de una historia el programa socialista de su época. Y lo ha hecho bastante bien pues los conceptos y las ideas son asimilados sin demasiada complicación por el lector. Estrella Roja fue en su momento una forma de acercar ideas complicadas a la cultura popular en la que él tanto creía. La sociedad marciana al abandonar el capitalismo e instalar el socialismo se ha convertido en un completo éxito. Eso es lo que nos quiere transmitir Bogdánov y lo hace francamente bien. ...more
Oct 07, 2014 Casey rated it really liked it
Red Star is surprisingly well-written for being written in Russia, during Communism, with specific rules from the government on what was okay to write and what wasn't. It is an actual story about a Communist man who is taken to Mars to observe a perfect Communist society in action. He falls in love with one of the Martians, but his intelligence makes him fragile and he goes into a mad rage.

This book pains humans, and specifically men, as depressingly and inherently violent. Yet it still maintain
Sep 19, 2015 Laetitia rated it it was ok
I was a bit reluctant to read this book at first. I expected a quite dry, moralist description of some ideal communist state. But the book still managed to, kind of, surprise me. The idea of Martians that have developed some kind of Marxist state on Mars is almost childishly charming. Among detailed - and, as expected - dry descriptions of factories and semi-scientific ways to prolong life (Bogdanov died while experimenting with blood transfusions, in an attempt to find a way to achieve eternal ...more
Dina Agazzi
Il libro è gradevole, nonostante uno stile di scrittura che rispecchia molto l'epoca in cui è stato scritto, la lettura scorre abbastanza bene.
La trama fantascientifica serve da pretesto all'autore per descrivere come potrebbe diventare la società degli uomini se si realizzasse l'utopia del comunismo e per questo lo trovo interessante anche dal punto di vista storico-filologico.
Ho dato tre stelle perchè in alcuni punti il romanzo incespica un pò, soprattutto nel secondo raccondo "L'ingegnere Men
Cora Line
Si no fuera porque soy poco dada a las aventuras extraterrestres, diría que las dos premisas sobre las que se asienta el libro, Marte como la anti-tierra, y comunismo como organización económica pero sin estado, pueden ser un buen gancho para dedicarle un rato.
Bogdánov fue una especie de hombre orquesta de la facción disidente de la Unión Soviética. Para su contradicción y la de sus seguidores, Lenin escribió el gran ladrillo "Materialismo y Empirio Criticismo". Retirado de la que por mil noveci
César Carranza
Apr 26, 2014 César Carranza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesante sobre todo por quien fue el que lo escribió, un poco de como debiera ser una sociedad comunista, desde una perspectiva muy idealista y se antoja un poco infantil de repente, pero sin duda vale la pena, es interesante ver a un a persona en medio de un mundo por el que lucha, y la realidad humana en esa situación.
Emperador Spock
Роман оставляет двоякое впечатление. С одной стороны — это одно из самых вменяемых описаний путешествия на "живой" Марс. Это невероятно ранние упоминания ионного двигателя, (условно) антиматерии, повсеместности синтетических материалов (и отчасти их производства, что особенно круто). Близость во внешности землян и марсиан объясняется конвергентной эволюцией, что ставит Богданова на голову выше современников.

С другой стороны — автор буксует как писатель и где-то ко второй половине заметно подуста
Steve Joyce
Feb 05, 2016 Steve Joyce rated it it was amazing
Red Star, Engineer Menni & the poem called A Martian Stranded on Earth are all inter-connected. I'm not much on reading short story collections; so, that was a pleasant plus from the get go.

Menni was the best of the lot. Both stories, not too surprisingly, were propaganda laden. What seemed novel and new then seems odd and dated now. There was just enough story and intrigue to keep things moving.

When all is said and done,this book ekes out 5 stars on uniqueness alone.
Feb 17, 2012 Valissa rated it liked it
weird Russian science fiction from 1908. my gods, people are imaginative. this is very cool in the sense that it is very early science fiction, about Martians no less, however it failed to sell me on the Bolsheviks. plus, I really didn't like the "hero". which I was suppose to. hmmm. maybe I'm not the pinko you were thinking I was.
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Alexander Bogdanov (1873-1928) was born Aleksander Aleksandrovich Malinowski at Sokolka, in what was then Russian Poland. He was a man who turned his hand to almost everything. Trained as a physician, he was also an economist, politician, revolutionary (rival of Lenin), philosopher, science fiction author, poet, and scientist. His work on organizational science foreshadowed present developments in ...more
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