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05.26.2014 | | Posted at 08:46 AM

Soviet Sci-Fi and the Filmmakers' Imagination

By David Luhrssen
  Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky transformed Polish author Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris into a great film. Lem wasn’t the only science-fiction writer published in the East Bloc, nor was he the only SF author from the Soviet era whose work was turned into a movie.Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s 1964 novel, Hard to be a God, was first filmed by Germany’s Peter Fleischman. The 1989 ...
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Classic Soviet sci-fi reissued in paperback

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic, reissued in a paperback English-language edition by Chicago Review Press, is a classic Soviet-era science fiction novel that rivals the work of Bradbury, Asimov and Ellison. It's hard not to notice the Cold War...