• Steven Heller

Russian Sci-Fi Before Hacking

Russian science fiction dates back to before the revolution. Yet it came of age in the latter 20th century. In the USSR during the late ’60s and ’70s, the term for science fiction was научная фантастика (nauchnaya fantastika), which can be literally translated as “scientific fantasy.” Since there was very little adult-oriented fantasy fiction in Soviet times, Russians did not use a specific term for this genre until the period of openness known as Perestroika. I admit my Russian is non-existent, so I regret not being able to translate the titles or offer credit to the artists/designers below. But these covers are so intriguing that I want to present them here (thanks to Mirko Ilic). I wonder, however, whether as with our own sci-fi and alternative world fiction, there was ever a scenario in which a Russian leader influenced an American election. It could be wonderful fiction.

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