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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  853 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Tolstoi published two science fiction novels, both of which appeared in the experimental 1920s and which were revised during the following decades of Stalinist terror. Aelita (1923) is a science-fiction fantasy in the manner of H.G. Wells, telling the story of a Soviet expedition to Mars with the aim of establishing communism. A Red Army officer forments a rebellion of the ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1922)
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Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is impossible to find an accurate description of this book, and as other reviewers have stated, the classic silent Soviet film based on this book is nothing like it. (This can only be useful for the handful of people like me who've actually seen the movie) Even the Goodreads description is inaccurate.

Gusev, a soldier of the recent Russian revolution, is bored with civilian life and its lack of adventure. He comes across a posting for a companion for a trip to Mars, and decides it is the thin
Ghada Muthana
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just remembered that this was the first book i ever read, after finishing all Ali Al-Wardi books, when i was a teen, and also for unknown reason i read it for at least 5 times, never got bored!
I think it's time to re read this masterpiece!
César Carranza
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Очень интересно, особенно когда подумаешь о время когда было написано, очень легко почитать, не длинный, и имеет много, даже любовь там внутри)) но больше всего, приключение)
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
При всем при том, что фантастику Алексея Толстого заносят чуть ли не в бульварный, и в моей бумажной версии она именно что желтобумажная А4 с мягкой обложкой, так что мнение Бунина можно учесть, но что бы он не писал жанрово, и кому бы он не писал оды, все это со временем стало не важно.
Важно то, что не смотря какой он просоветский писатель или апологет чего бы то, в первую очередь - он из ряда тех, кто владеет русским языком, обширным даже при упрощениях и снисхождениях. Неоднозначность и двусм
Harry Kane
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the Great Gatsby of Soviet modernist 1920's sci-fi.

The 'sci' underpinnings are typical for the era--inventor makes space rocket in his shed in order to reach Mars. I note some reviewers find this as a reason to decry the book. Perhaps it would be more merciful for all involved to first ask yourself what your goals are before trying to appreciate vintage sci-fi modernism on its own terms.

The 'fi' underpinning are 'weird fiction' classic ones, which one is more used to finding on the
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
An Art Deco Russian novel, combining Madame Blavatsky's esoteric writings, Edgar Rice Burroughs's princess of Mars and a worldwide (not just Earth-wide) Communist revolution.
Raphael Lysander
غريب كيف أن الروسي دائماً يجد طريقة للتحدث عن المعاناة حتى في الخيال العلمي كما يجد البريطاني وقتاً لشرب الشاي حتى عندما يغزو فضائيون كوكبه_ حرب العوالم، ويلز_ وأول ما يفكر به الروسي عندما يهبط على كوكب جديد تماماً هو الأرض المحروثة كما يفكر الأمريكي فوراً: أين الله؟
لكن على ما يبدو أن الجميع يشتركون في أن أول شيء يخطر على بالهم عند رؤية غريب هو إطلاق النار عليه!
خيال علمي ظريف من الاتحاد السوفيتي، ويتحدث عن تاريخ الارض عن تاريخ مشابه للمريخ، لكنه لم يخلو من عنصرية مقيتة وسذاجة منفرة
Artur Coelho
O levar da revolução proletária aos oprimidos marcianos será tarefa que recairá nos ombros inesperados de dois aventureiros. Um, Gussev, homem terra-à-terra, antigo combatente do exército vermelho, junta-se ao mais alheado e determinado engenheiro Loss, inventor de um método de propulsão que permitirá sulcar o golfo interplanetário em horas. Ao descolarem de Leninegrado, não imaginam o que irão encontrar na superfície marciana. Marte revela-se o lar desolado de uma civilização destruidora, que m ...more
Nancy Nguyen
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The world in this story is extremely vivid. Sometimes, I didn't know where I was or why I suddenly was thrown into this revolution, but overall it was a very good read. There is a lot of question int he book about society and about the Soviet Union. I especially loved the love story between Los and Aelita and how fleeting it was (which I guess all things are fleeting). It's a translation, so I can't really critique it all that well. But it's a great read!
Yair Ben-Zvi
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Hasn't aged too well but some elements of the story are exceptional. The economy of storytelling and the number of details crammed into a relatively short story is amazing. If you would like to read a pretty good precursor to modern science fiction then this is a good bet, not great, but certainly a piece worth knowing.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Contains spoilers.

This is an admirable effort at a semi-realistic science fiction novel, written between 1923 and 1937. Although it involves several obvious inaccuracies - space flight doesn't involve participants who respond to hand written general invitations to join a flight to Mars, and such astronauts wouldn't wear sheepskin coats and felt boots- there is a heady amount of imagination at work in the description of the engine powering the spacecraft and even more in describing the varied lan
David Layton
This is an excellent translation of the first edition of a Soviet-era bit of science-fiction propaganda. Tolstoi wrote "Aelita" as his way to get in good with the Stalinist government of the 1920s. The story concerns two Russian adventurers, a moody scientist-engineer and the Russian equivalent of a good ol' boy ex-soldier, who travel to Mars in an egg-shaped anti-gravity spaceship. So, the beginning is a bit like Wells's "First Men in the Moon." When they arrive on Mars, they find a declining s ...more
Gvantsa Chaduneli
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
წიგნი აშკარად ინტერგალაქტიკურ სიყვარულზეა და არა საბჭოთა მარსზე. თითქოს ამ ყველაფერში ძალდატანებითაა შეტენილი აგიტატორი წითელარმიელი გმირი -გუსევი; ახალ ცივილიზაციაში მოხვედრისთანავე არიქა მოსკოვში დავრეკოთო რომ გაიძახის, მთავარ გმირს -ლოსს გიჟი ჰგონია. არც გუსევის ძალისხმევა ჩაერიოს მარსის რევოლუციაში იღებს არანაირ შედეგს. რომ არა ფაქიზი პოლიტიკური გარემო, წიგნს სხვა და უკეთესი ფორმა ექნებოდა. პ.ს. წიგნში ვხვდებით ატლანტიდელების ცივილიზაციის ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე საინტერესო ალტერნატიულ ისტორიას.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I loved the book, but BOY do I hate politics, especially space politics. The same reason this book doesn’t have 5 stars is the same reason I hate the Star Wars prequels.... ALL.. THE... SPACE POLITICSSS...
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
První vydání v roce 1922.
A musím říct, že kniha samozřejmě strašně zestárla.
Dneska už musím vnímat nadržené sovětské revolucionáře s úsměvem. Kráska z Marsu (Aelita) je taková sovětská verneovka, ve které proběhne i pokus o komunistickou revoluci a to činí jako jediné knihu zajímavou.
Ačkoliv autor dokáže velice pěkně navodit atmosféru a až básnicky vše popsat, na knize je znát, že ji asi psal pro mládež.
Chybělo málo a skoro bych řekl, že Tolstoj dokáže zahrát akord na jednostrunnou kytaru, a
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
У дитячі роки читати було цікаво, насамперед, через брак іноземної фантастики.
Matt Kelland
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This is nothing like the movie. It's basically standard pulp fare, not very well written, and not very interesting except as a curio.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Aelita by Alexei Tolstoy
Science fiction and romantic comedy but with only 5 out of 10 in this domain

- What do you expect when you learn that the author is Tolstoy?
- Not a science fiction romantic comedy in any case
I was anticipating a serious drama, with personages that exult in deep feelings, are melancholic and they roam on the vast steppes.
And what do I get?
A weird trip to Mars, where we meet inhabitants that do not speak a language that humans would understand.
At least in the first place, be
El Biblionauta
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
La fascinación por Marte no es reciente. Los astrónomos antiguos ya la observaban con interés. En 1877, el astrónomo italiano Giovanni Schiaparelli vio unas líneas en la superficie marciana que muchos interpretaron como canales de agua hechos por seres inteligentes. La hipótesis de la vida marciana cogió entonces gran vuelo y autores de ciencia ficción como Herbert George Wells plasmaron este hecho en obras como La guerra de los mundos (1898) en la que unos seres parecidos a pulpos a bordo de in ...more
Emperador Spock
После "Гиперболоида", "Аэлита" выглядит нудным бормотанием упоротого гуру: совершенно бессмысленные побасенки про Атлантиду занимают четверть романа; персонажи, которые не вызывают никакого интереса (большинство марсиан); из пальца высосанные и преувеличенные любовные истории.

Хорошо, конечно, что персонажи оказываются на Барсуме Туме, не отрубившись в пещере, но ужасно раздражают общие с "Дочерью тысячи джедакков" темы: а) о ключевой роли белого человека путешественников в аборигенских разборках
Alexander Medvedkov
Очень даже неплохо, тем более для фантастики 20-х.
В первую очередь очень приглянулись герои, весьма живые, в этом, пожалуй, главный плюс романа. Да и сюжет оказался весьма неплох, хотя он же и стал причиной снижения оценки - очень уж сумбурно прошла последняя часть события (ну лично для меня, я ожидал большего от развития событий). Ну а отсутствие правдоподобности (а точнее несоответствие нынешним "фантастическим реалиям") минусом назвать никак нельзя, это никак не портит общую картину происход
Aelita on pienoisromaanin mittainen tieteisfantasia kahden miehen matkasta Marsiin sekä seikkailuhenkinen romanssi Marsin kamaralla. Tarinassa on myös koomisuutta, oli se sitten tahallista tai tahatonta. Mars on Maan kaltainen niin luonnon, rakennusten kuin asukkaidenkin osalta. Tarinassa kerrotaan laveasti Maan muinaishistoriaa, missä tarunhohtoisella Atlantiksella on osansa Marsin nykyisten asukkaiden perimään. Taivaanpojat olivat muinaisuudessa jo alistaneen alkuperäiskansan, joten parivaljak ...more
Prasad BSV
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I first read this book when I was 15, and had since re-read it at least 5 times - I just made a mental note to read it once again.

It is a great SF book, and a great thriller, and a great romance. There is some Soviet propaganda in it (the American journalist Skiles can't look at Russians in the eye, for example), but it does not detract it from being a great read. The personalities of the protagonists Los & Gusev are well sketched; the revolution on Mars & subsequent fighting are wonderf
Anna Vanha
I am not sure if everyone sees reviews, so if you are reading this I apologise. This is not a review, I read this years ago and hardly remember it. But I am leaving the country for a while and thus this book is going into storage, but I want to write down the quote below that I always think of and never remember verbatim. (My copy is from 1991.)

"You must surely know," he said, "that when I do not see you I go mad with alarm. And when I do see you I am even more alarmed. It seems to me that it wa
Jake Danishevsky
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book while a kid in Soviet Union. Even though, I only have a very little recollection of this book's content, but all I remember how great this book was, how it made me feel at the time and how I was completely in it until I was done. I was not a big reader when I was young, but this is one of the books, that I couldn't put down and couldn't wait to get back to. I also read it in Russian at the time. Overall, it is a great book and I highly recommend it, from my childlike recollectio ...more
Àlvar Mercadé Ibáñez
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Es una historia ambientada a principios del s. XX (cuándo fue escrita la novela) en la cual un ingeniero y un soldado soviéticos, con un trasfondo interesante de por sí, viajan hasta Marte. Y el choque inevitable con la civilización marciana. La mejor parte para mí son las descripciones tanto de los personajes como de la arquitectura y tecnología marcianas. El final es un tanto triste con un final sorprendente. Lectura recomendable e interesante.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Очень наивные представления. Но интересно с исторической точки зрения. Всё ж классика советской научной фантастики. И это чувствуется - сложно объяснить, но книга прямо пропитана советским. Героизм, "фабрики рабочим, землю крестьянам", "мы наш, мы новый мир построим", пролетарии всех планет объединяйтесь.
Ivo Iliev
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Приятно четиво. Историята е заплетена, но може би твърде амбициозна за малкият обем на романа. Намерих развръзката за твърде прибързана и необмислена докрай, което обаче не успя да развали цялостният приятен облик на книгата.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Совсем не понравилось. Литературных достоинств немного, а собственно фантастика напоминает Жюля Верна из секонд-хенда. Плюс занудство про Атлантиду и уверенность в особой миссии землянина вообще и русского революционера в частности.
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
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(Russian: Алексей Николаевич Толстой)

Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, nicknamed the Comrade Count, was a Russian writer who wrote in many genres but specialized in science fiction and historical novels.
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