A science fiction story with “crimson star”

“Страна багровых туч”-“Land of Crimson Clouds” is a Russian sci-fi story in 1959; the debut book of Soviet writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky brothers. This tale has opened a series of World Noon.

Time of the story is about the 1990s . Venue: The Union of Soviet Communist Republics (USSR). Narrated in the third person, the events are shown mainly from the perspective of Alexey Bykov, who worked as a specialist in nuclear transport machinery drivefor many years in the Gobi Desert . Bykov was seconded the State Committee of interplanetary travel by Moscow; at there, he gets an offer to participate in the planned expedition to Venus…

“Land of Crimson Clouds” story is quite traditional fiction for 1950’s. In accordance with the concept of that time, the focus was given to the technical aspects of the near future; the goodies in a popular form describes of the scientific information are displayed.

Adventure story illustrates that the thesis of the primacy public good equated with scientific, technical and social progress is over personal interests with interpreting from the perspective of Marxist-Leninist ideology. Writers would try to make individuality in portraits of heroes, make them unconventional ( poetic experiments Yurkovsky, unpleasant appearance Bykov), including in the story motifs, shading optimism communist future (personal failures Yurkovsky, intrigue “caution” in the ministry) timidly.

In the story, the characters (Vladimir Yurkovski Gregory Dauge, Michael Krutikov, Alexey Bykov, the persons who lead a large part of the narrative) and stories (space travel on the ship photon) appear through to a number of works by the Strugatsky “Zhylinski” series.

for reading: http://www.lib.ru/STRUGACKIE/strana2.txt

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