By Nikolai Krementsov
Much like Vladimir Lenin, his onetime rival for the management of the Bolshevik get together in the course of its adolescence, Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928) used to be a visionary. In technological know-how fiction novels set on Mars, Bogdanov imagined a destiny during which the employees of the area, liberated from capitalist exploitation, create a “physiological collective” that rejuvenates and unites its participants via common blood exchanges. yet Bogdanov was once no longer only a dreamer. He labored tirelessly to popularize and detect his imaginative and prescient, founding the 1st examine institute dedicated to the technology of blood transfusion.
In A Martian Stranded on Earth, the 1st broad-based booklet on Bogdanov in English, Nikolai Krementsov examines Bogdanov’s roles as innovative, novelist, and scientist, providing his protagonist as a coherent philosopher who pursued his rules in a variety of venues. throughout the lens of Bogdanov’s involvement with blood stories on one hand, and of his fictional and philosophical writings at the different, Krementsov bargains a nuanced research of the interactions among clinical rules and societal values.
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