[LMB] Heinlein and Bujold

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Fri Oct 8 17:29:56 BST 2021


Getting the rights to publish those stories might have been a factor.

On Fri, Oct 8, 2021 at 10:52 AM Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Fred <fred.fredex at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, Oct 7, 2021 at 5:50 PM Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> I have a couple of anthologies edited by Asimov: _Soviet Science
> >> Fiction_ and _More Soviet Science Fiction_.  They're stories translated
> >> from Russian.  I gave up partway into the second one; I found them
> >> *very* slow going.  They were generally all about the triumph of
> >> communism and its spread outward from Earth, and (to me) didn't seem to
> >> be very well written.  Part of that may have been from the translation.
> >> But I found myself wondering if the books had been intended to be
> >> propaganda-ish: "look at how bad the Russians are at writing SF!"
> > before the fall of communism (in Russia) EVERYTHING had to have
> > propaganda-ish value, else it (and its creator) were suppressed.
>
> Perhaps to clarify: I thought that perhaps the books were *American*
> propaganda.  It seemed unlikely to me that out of the entire field
> of Russian SF, the editors/publishers couldn't collect a set of
> not-too-long stories for a not-too-long anthology that were good
> reading.  Maybe it's a "Sturgeon's Law" thing.  Perhaps 90% of the
> field was crap, but I expect that the people behind an anthology will be
> gatekeepers of a sort, filtering out the less-good material to create a
> book worth reading.
>
> Joel
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