Notes on Science Fiction: TAKEN FROM REALITY

Author: Yevg. Brandis and VI. Dmitrevsky

Notes on Science Fiction: TAKEN FROM REALITY. (By Yevg. Brandis and VI. Dmitrevsky. Pravda, Sept. 3, p. 3. 1,600 words. Condensed text:) ... As we know, realism does not rule out conspicuous artistic conventions, the grotesque, hyperbole, allegory and symbolism- all those devices without which science fiction could not exist. Hence the conclusion naturally suggests itself: Science fiction, as one means of investigating reality through art, expands the aesthetic possibilities of realism in its own unique way.

Therefore, the steady influx into science fiction of writers of various generations, and especially of young writers, can be attributed to a desire to penetrate to the inmost recesses of reality and disclose previously unknown facets and perspectives. Whereas at the outset of the 1960s, which marked the beginning of a new period in the history of Soviet science fiction, its main centers were Moscow, Leningrad, Baku and Kiev, now, in the last half of the 1970s, its geography has expanded remarkably. Young science-fiction writers whowrite either in their own national languages or in Russian have appeared in the capitals of the Union republics and several autonomous republics. They include Sigfried Trenko and Leon Guin in Latvia, Vytautas Norbutas in Lithuania, Ruslan Saga-balyan in Armenia, Abdulgamid Markhabayev and Tulesh Su-leimenov in Kazakhstan, Vladimir Osinsky in Georgia, Henn-Kaarel Hellat in Estonia, and others. Now one can speak of an entirely new development in our multinational literature - the science fiction of the peoples of the USSR.

As far as Russian science fiction is concerned, Moscow and Leningrad have been joined by Sverdlovsk, Perm, Nizhny Tagil, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Irkutsk, Yakutsk, Kaliningrad, Magadan, Khabarovsk, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd and other cities. We could cite at least 100 names of young writers who have tried their hand at science fiction. For the most part, these are people with considerable experience in life and specialists in various fields of knowledge. What do they write about? What ...

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