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Path into the Unknown: The Best of Soviet SF

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The Conflict - shortstory by Ilya Varshavsky
Robbie - shortstory by Ilya Varshavsky
Meeting My Brother - novelette by Vladislav Krapivin
A Day of Wrath - novelette by Sever Gansovsky
An Emergency Case - shortstory by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Wanderers and Travellers - shortstory by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
The Boy - shortstory by Gennady Gor
The Purple Mummy - shortstory by
Paperback, 187 pages
Published 1969 by Pan/Macmillan (first published 1966)
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Jun 20, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it
I'm slowly tracking down every anthology that Judith Merril ever edited. I'd seen her name mentioned several times while researching the life of Alice Sheldon (aka the amazing SF author, James Tiptree Jr., Jr.). Ten years ago when living in Seattle, Pat Cadigan was in town to teach at Clarion West and she graciously agreed to an interview re Alice Sheldon. During that conversation, she told me how much she loved Judith's anthologies as she would draw from so many different sources outside of the ...more
Scott Golden
Jun 12, 2014 Scott Golden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good early collection of Soviet SF translated into English. Some of the translation is a bit rough, and there's some variation in story quality. Still, recommended, especially for the revelation that personal human concerns lie at the heart of most of these tales.
Also of note: While it is NOT the job of an SF writer to accurately predict the future, neither should it be downplayed when someone does a good job of it. The story "The Purple Mummy" (written in 1961) contains a pretty much dead-on de
Paul McAlduff
Jun 14, 2011 Paul McAlduff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of short stories from the Soviet Union.
Mar 02, 2017 James rated it really liked it
In many ways, this anthology is typical of any number of anthologies of late golden age science fiction. There is, however, an air of otherness, no doubt caused by the separation of Soviet science fiction from the mainstream of American and European writing. As with much Russian and Soviet fiction, there is a slow inevitability to some of the stories - the build up is gradual and brooding, whilst never feeling laboured. Though - with the exception of the Strugatsky brothers - none of the authors ...more
Jun 16, 2014 Ian rated it it was ok
I’d been after a copy of this for years after reading and enjoying Bisson’s Voyage to the Red Planet back in the early 1990s. I did manage to find a copy in good nick on eBay a few years ago, but the seller refunded my money after, he explained, he’d had a “scissors accident” with the book’s cover while packaging it to post. Unfortunately, I think I may have left it too late before reading this book. Back in the 1990s, a future run by corporations in some sort of neoliberal dystopia might have s ...more
Oct 17, 2013 Simon rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Some stories seemed to go nowhere, most were fairly elliptical or enigmatic, with a deep mystery or gap of knowledge at the story's core. Uncertainty and melancholy are found in almost every story.
Meeting My Brother is probably the most moving, An Emergency Case the least interesting, Robby is basically a joke (I won't spoil the punchline but it's pretty funny).
Some of them involve concepts I found hard to grasp and demanded leaps of logic I couldn't or wouldn't follow. But there's something mem
Sep 18, 2014 Joseph rated it liked it
Quite enjoyable but not as impressive as I'd hoped. I'm not sure there are any real lost or obscure classics here. The usual sci-fi themes are covered (robotics, interstellar space travel, genetics, extraterrestrial life) but I was surprised by the lack of Soviet inflection. There's a bit but it's not overwhelming.
Oct 10, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
If this is the best, it doesn't bode well for the rest.
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