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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 16 Dec 2011, 00:54
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Post 18 Mar 2012, 09:33
I was not sure where to post this but please feel free to delete or move this post if there is a problem.
In the Soviet culture section there is a section for art and a section for films/tv, please can there be a section for books and literature etc?
If there is one already that is not immediatly obvious, please could someone guide me to it via a link or something?
If there is no such section then please could a mod consider creating a section in the soviet culture section?

The main reason i bring this up is i am currently looking for information, recommendations, reviews and links to vendors or opensource (free) books in the sci-fi genre that were written in soviet times. They dont have to have a specificaly communist/socialist theme but it would be nice if they do, to make a change from the western fare of sci fi i am used to.

any help or input would be most appreciated.
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Post 18 Mar 2012, 13:47
Hi omnimercurial,

Nice to have you on the site. I am the moderator of the 'Soviet Culture' section. I basically inherited the division as it was, and in principle I agree with you that if there is a 'film & television' and 'music' section, there could also be a books and literature one. As the division goes today, I'm sure you could create threads in the 'communist art' section, which encompasses all forms of art including literature. The issue with creating a new division is that it might create a very small subforum, given that things like Soviet and other socialist film and literature are more obscure than say music or paintings. This is in large part due to the absence of translations into English of much socialist cultural production, and to the importance of understanding language for those mediums.
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Post 18 Mar 2012, 23:55
omnimercurial wrote:
I was not sure where to post this

This belongs in the "Let's Work Harder Comrades"(sic) section, which is the place to make requests/comments about the forum itself.

I'm with Soviet78 in that this can be posted under Communist Art.

If there was enough discussion, then it would require a new section. In a way, it's up to us.
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Post 19 Mar 2012, 00:06
Moved to Communist Art
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Post 19 Mar 2012, 04:22
Ah i see.... Thank you for the welcome and the info Soviet78 ^_^ I will endeavour to make use of the Communist Art section re Books etc.
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Post 19 Mar 2012, 04:30
Hello Praxicoide. Thank you for enlightening me on where to post future Forum queries etc. I will try to take your advice to heart in regards to greater levels of participation and discussion, Im hoping others will share my interest in Sci-Fi of the Soviet era. ^_^
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Post 19 Mar 2012, 04:32
Hi Red Daughter. Thanks for relocating the thread to the appropriate section for me. ^_^
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Post 19 Mar 2012, 05:05
Please don't double or triple post. You can edit your replies.

I love Soviet Sci-Fi, what I've read of it, which isn't much. I have an anthology of 60s material. Really great stuff.

As for online material, there's this site: http://rusf.ru/english/

That SovLit doesn't exist anymore is something that makes me want to cry, but at least you can browse the site as it was thanks to Wayback Machine. They mostly had summaries, not whole texts:

http://web.archive.org/web/201105160345 ... ovlit.com/

Here's a whole text, though:

Story of Ak and Humanity
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Post 07 Oct 2012, 21:34
omnimercurial wrote:
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The main reason i bring this up is i am currently looking for information, recommendations, reviews and links to vendors or opensource (free) books in the sci-fi genre that were written in soviet times. They dont have to have a specificaly communist/socialist theme but it would be nice if they do, to make a change from the western fare of sci fi i am used to.

^_^



Do you need books in russian or in English?
Anyway, you must read Strugatsky brothers and Ivan Efremov
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Post 09 Dec 2013, 22:18
I've just got Path into the Unknown, The Best of Soviet SF. Published by Pan science fiction.
I've not got round to reading it yet but it features short stories by Llya Varshavsky, Vladislave Krapivin, G. Gor and others.
Anyone familar with their works?
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