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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Hoity-Toity (A. Belayev)
Spontaneous Reflux (Arkady & Boris Strugatsky)
A Visitor From Outer Space (A. Kazantsev)
The Martian (A. Kazantsev)
Infra Draconis (G. Gurevich)
Professor Bern's Awakening (V. Savchenko)
Translated from the Russian.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1961)
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Oleg Kagan
To be honest, there is not a whole lot of "Soviet" to this science fiction nor is there a lot of outer space (even though the front cover states that it contains, "Striking tales from outer space" and the back cover touts "Life in outer space, Russian style"). What this book does have is six entertaining stories (three of them set in outer space) that range from taut 19th-century tales of strange places and circumstances, and some more characteristic of hard sci-fi of 40-50 years later.

Of the fo
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Miramira Endevall
I really, really enjoyed 5/6 of these stories, they were utterly delightful. I also particularly enjoyed Asimov's thoughtful introduction. I confess it was strange to see a character remark, "The world has enough Hitlers, Trumans and Roosevelts; we need no more tyrants." It was also strange to read just how much farther advanced the Soviet writers believed American technology to be.
Aathavan
The story that made the book worthwhile for me is 'Professor Bern's awakening'. It is an unsophisticated yet thrilling look at a professor who freezes himself to survive past the nuclear winter and the next ice age - insights at many levels.
Michael Burnam-fink
I picked this up at a used bookstore based on the cover alone, and for the chance of a glimpse into the Soviet mindset. From a literary perspective, there's not much to recommend these stories. They're fairly standard Golden Age scifi, with all the clumsiness that that entails, plus the added awkwardness of being a work in translation. Sadly, of the six stories only two are of any interest; a pair of linked stories theorizing that the Tunguska explosion was a spacecraft from Mars. The theory tha ...more
Erik Graff
May 01, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: communist sf fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
While visiting the family in Norway in 1962, aged ten, I had a lot of time on my hands. We were constantly visiting relatives and friends of Mother. There were lots of parties. The grownups drank and smoked every night, chatting among themselves--in Norwegian.

Although I'd grown up in a bilingual household, Mother being from Oslo and Father knowing the language from his studies there after the war, and had gone to Norwegian pre-school, first grade in the States had caused me to forsake further us
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Keith Bell
Don't know why this is listed with Violet L. Dutt as author, she has nothing to do with the book. Read this many years ago. I have the original 1962 edition, not the cover shown here.
John
A nice selection if a little dry
Andrew Zissou
Interesting but largely uncaptivating for the most part. Worth it though for the final story: Professor Bern's Awakening.
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