Red Star Tales: A Century’s Worth of Russian / Soviet Literature

If you appreciate unusual and obscure science fiction (in the West anyway), or just want to explore something different and interesting, consider backing this Kickstarter campaign, which seeks to compile previously untranslated Soviet and Russian works.

This Kickstarter project will sponsor the publication in 2015 of the first comprehensive edition of truly notable Russian and Soviet science fiction – works chosen for their artistic and scientific merit, not because of any political or ideological agenda.

The 400+-page volume will include 18 stories, spanning from path-breaking, pre-revolutionary works of the 1890s, through the difficult Stalinist era, to post-Soviet stories published in the 1980s and 90s.

None of the works in this volume has ever been translated into English before, and we are engaging the services of some of the finest translators available to help us produce the sort of quality publication our 25-year-old company is known for.

You can see the official promotional video below, which offers a glimpse of some of the intriguing themes and plots of some of these works.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/russianlife/red-star-tales/widget/video.html

The creator of the project, Russian Life, is one of the largest publishers of Russian literature in the U.S., and virtually the only English-language periodical on Russian lifestyle, history, and culture. (I am a subscriber and regular visitor.) So I am confident they will deliver on this enticing treat.

$16,000 does not seem like a lot to ask for providing a hefty sampling of one of the world’s most prolific, yet obscure, producers of fiction and thought. You do not have to be a Russophile to appreciate quality science fiction, whatever its source.

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