Saturday, January 19, 2013

Science Fiction Under Totalitarian Regimes Part 2: Tsarist and Soviet Russia - Jess Nevins

"This intrusion of pulp science fiction into Russian pulp literature did not result in the creation of science fiction pulps, as it did in Europe. The nearest Russia came to a science fiction pulp was Tref, the First Detective in Russia #1-? (1910), a fictionalization and exaggeration of the exploits of Tref, a famous Moscow police dog. The fictional Tref has near-human intelligence and is known as "the four-legged Sherlock Holmes." But the increase in pulp science fiction did result in the increasing appearance of pulp science fiction stories and novels and in the increase in science fiction in non-science fiction pulps." 4.5 out of 5