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Red Star

The First Bolshevik Utopia
Alexander Bogdanov
Edited by Loren R. Graham and Richard Stites. Translated by Charles Rougle.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/22/1984
ISBN: 978-0-253-01350-7
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“[A] surprisingly moving story.” —The New Yorker

"Bogdanov's novels reveal a great deal about their fascinating author, about his time and, ironically, ours, and about the genre of utopia as well as his contribution to it." —Slavic Review

"Bogdanov's imaginative predictions for his utopia are both technological and social . . . Even more farsighted are [his] anxious forebodings about the limits and costs of the utopian future." —Science Fiction Studies

"The contemporary reader will marvel at [Bogdanov's] foresight: nuclear fusion and propulsion, atomic weaponry and fallout, computers, blood transfusions, and (almost) unisexuality." —Choice

A communist society on Mars, the Russian revolution, and class struggle on two planets is the subject of this arresting science fiction novel by Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928), one of the early organizers and prophets of the Russian Bolshevik party. The red star is Mars, but it is also the dream set to paper of the society that could emerge on earth after the dual victory of the socialist and scientific-technical revolutions. While portraying a harmonious and rational socialist society, Bogdanov sketches out the problems that will face industrialized nations, whether socialist or capitalist.

Author Bio

Loren R. Graham is Professor of the History of Science at MIT and author of many books on the history of Soviet science. His most recent book is Moscow Stories (IUP, 2006).

Richard Stites is Professor of History at Georgetown University. His most recent book is Serfdom, Society, and the Arts in Imperial Russia.

Charles Rougle is Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Albany. He is editor of Red Cavalry: A Critical Companion and translator of many works from Russian.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Fantasy and Revolution: Alexander Bogdanov and the Origins of Bolshevik Science Fiction, Richard Stites

RED STAR: A Utopia

ENGINNEER MENNI: A Novel of Fantasy

A MARTIAN STRANDED ON EARTH: A Poem

Bogdanov’s Inner Message, Loren R. Graham

Selected Bibliography