Savchenko, Vladimir

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(1933-2005) Russian electronics engineer and author who began as an author of short stories in the 1950s, publishing Chernye zvezdy: nauchno-fantasticheskii povest ["Dark Stars"] (coll 1960) and contributing to anthologies. His most famous novel, Otkrytiie Sebia: nauchno-fantasticheskii roman (1967; trans Antonina W Bouis as Self-Discovery 1979), depicts in unclichéd terms the scientific development of a Superman. Later stories, comparable with the metaphysical parables of Stanisław Lem and Philip K Dick, are to be found in Ispytaniie Istinoi ["Truth Test"] (coll [date unconfirmed, not listed below]) and Algoritm Uspekha ["Success Algorithm"] (coll 1983). A play, Novoiie Oruzhiie ["New Weapons"] (1983) [publication not confirmed], portrays modern physicists obsessed by moral problems after discovering a process which neutralizes all nuclear weapons on Earth. A rare attempt, in the Soviet sf of the 1980s, to create a future communist Utopia is the less successful Za Perevalom: nauchno-fantasticheskii roman ["After the Pass"] (1984). He received the Russian Aelita Award in 2003. [VG]

Vladimir Ivanovich Savchenko

born Poltava, USSR: 15 February 1933

died Kiev, Ukraine: 19 January 2005

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