Russian Science Fiction: An Anthology

By Robert Magidoff, Alexander Belyaev, Victor Saparin, E. Zelikovich, Vadim Okhotnikov, Ivan Yefremov, Mikhail Vasilyev, Anatoly Dn

Selection of Russian technological know-how fiction compiled with creation through Robert Magidoff, translated through Doris Johnson

a number of technological know-how fiction from the Soviet period, from early experiments within the shape within the early twentieth century up in the course of the Nineteen Sixties. the authors are all indexed within the writer box above. i might think it's not that i am the single one to work out a few surprising names in that bunch...

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The variations among them have been ordinarily just like these among women and men in the world. It looked as if it would Afra they had purely 4 arms on each one hand, and the arms didn’t appear to have joints, considering that they bent freely with out forming angles. They couldn’t see the strangers’ ft simply because they sank deep into the smooth ground overlaying. In terrestrial mild the garments, brief broad jackets and lengthy free trousers very like the traditional garments as soon as worn on the earth, appeared darkish crimson, virtually the colour of bricks. because the astronauts persisted to seem, the faces of the newbies from the fluorine planet started to appear much less strange. greater than that, the original unique great thing about the strangers got here via to the folks from Earth. Their appeal lay in general within the huge, immense alert eyes, which radiated hot intelligence and friendliness. ‘What e y e s ! ’ Afra couldn’t aid exclaiming. ‘It’s more straightforward to develop into human with eyes like that than with ours. ’ ‘W hy is that? ’ Tey whispered. ‘The greater the attention, the larger the variety of rods and cones within the retina, the extra information from the encompassing global it may assimilate. ’ Tey nodded his realizing. one of many strangers improved and made a gesture of invitation. instantly the terrestrial lights on their facet of the gallery went out. ‘I did not ponder th at! ’ Moot Ang groaned. one hundred forty Cor Serpentis (The middle of the Serpent) ‘I did,’ Kari retorted lightly. He switched off the traditional lights and grew to become on robust lamps with 430 filters. ‘W e’ll seem like corpses,’ Taina complained. ‘Don’t w orry,’ Moot Ang acknowledged. ‘Their spectrum of utmost visibility extends a ways into the violet area, perhaps even into the ultraviolet. this could suggest that they see many extra colors and masses hotter tones than we do, yet I can’t think what they’re like. ’ ‘W e’ll most likely look a lot yellower to them than we actually are,’ Tey acknowledged thoughtfully. ‘That’s much better than blue corpses. simply examine u s ! ’ Taina continued. The Earthmen took numerous photos and driven the osmiumcrystal overtone loudspeaker via a small airlock. The strangers set it up on a tripod. Kari directed a slender band of radio waves on the cup-shaped antenna, and the speech and track of Earth pealed forth within the house ship’s fluorine surroundings. a tool for determin­ ing the temperature, strain and composition of the ambience of the unknown planet used to be undergone within the similar w ay. As could have been anticipated, the inner temperature of the white area send was once under that of the Earth send, no larger than seven levels. The atmospheric strain used to be more than in the world, and the strength of gravity virtually an analogous. ‘Their physique temperature is perhaps higher,’ Afra stated, ‘just as ours is larger than the common atmospheric temperature. it's going to be approximately 14 levels. ’ The strangers handed their very own tools via, encased in little mesh boxes that gave no trace as to their functionality. one of many boxes emitted excessive intermittent transparent sounds that appeared to vanish into the space.

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