[LMB] Heinlein and Bujold
Richard G. Molpus
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Fri Oct 8 18:32:28 BST 2021
During the Soviet era, only authors who were members in good standing with the official Writer's and Author's union could be published; the rules for 'good standing; included a requirement that their work be agreeable with existing political dogma of the USSR communist party.
As the official dogma of the USSR had that Marxist theory of history insisted that the eventual result was a 'Worker's Paradise'; works that implied that the future of society wasn't that nice wasn't acceptable. Since much of SF and Fantasy is 'What If' stories, this forces the writers away from real extrapolation of the future and into 'this is what we're going to get'.
It was 'Woke' before 'Woke' was a thing.
On Friday, October 8, 2021, 11:38:00 AM CDT, Lois Aleta Fundis <loisaletafundis at gmail.com> wrote:
Back in those days, for an author in the Soviet Union to publish anything
critical of Communism would erry probably have landed tha author and
his/her publisher in a gulag. Or possibly worse.
"the other Lois"
On Fri, Oct 8, 2021 at 12:30 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> > >> 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
> > >> be very well written. Part of that may have been from the
> > >> 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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