Bilenkin, Dmitri

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(1933-1987) Russian geologist and author of both fiction and popular-science books. For most of his career he concentrated on short stories – assembled as Marsianskii Priboi ["The Surf of Mars"] (coll 1968), Noch' Kontrabandoi ["Night of Contraband"] (coll 1971), Proverka na Razumonst' ["Test for a Reason"] (coll 1974), Snega Olimpa ["The Snows of Olympus"] (coll 1980), Litso V Tolpe ["A Face in the Crowd"] (coll 1985) and Sila sil'nykh ["The Power of Power"] (coll 1986) – which were generally more scientific than fictional but never boring or ill written. Some of his typical work was assembled as The Uncertainty Principle (coll trans Antonina W Bouis 1978); some stories also appeared in World's Spring (anth 1979 Sweden; 1981) edited by Vladimir Gakov. Bilenkin's longer works are Pustynia Zhizni ["The Life Desert"] (1984), a provoking comparison of different historical/cultural human types on a future Earth transformed by mysterious "timequakes", and an intellectual Space Opera, Prikliuchenia Polynova ["Polynov's Adventures"] (1986). [VG]

Dmitri Aleksándrovich Bilenkin

born Moscow: 21 September 1933

died Moscow: 28 July 1987

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