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Gansovsky, Sever

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1918-1990) Russian author, a dominant figure of the 1960s and 1970s; he was well known for his Radio plays, some of them sf, and also well regarded for his Hard-SF short stories and novellas, which were assembled in Shagi V Neizvestnoie ["Steps into the Unknown"] (coll 1963), Shest' Geniev ["Six Geniuses"] (coll 1965), Tri Shaga K Opasnosti ["Three Steps Towards Danger"] (coll 1969), Idyot Tchelovek ["Man Is Coming"] (coll 1971) and Tchelovek, Kotoryi Sdelal Baltiiskoie More ["The Man Who Made the Baltic Sea"] (coll 1981). Some of his better stories appear in translation in World's Spring (anth 1979 Sweden; 1981) edited by Vladimir Gakov, and further stories were assembled as The Day of Wrath (coll trans Alexander Repyev 1989), along with a short novel, Vinsent Van-Gog ["Vincent Van Gogh"] (1971), which is a Time-Travel tale raising general philosophical questions about the artist's destiny. The novelette "Poligon" (1966 Vokrug sveta #9; trans Matthew J O'Connell as "The Proving Ground" in View from Another Shore, anth 1973, ed Franz Rottensteiner; trans Roger DeGaris as "Testing Grounds" in World's Spring, anth 1981, ed Vladimir Gakov) was adapted for Cinema as Poligon (1977; vt Polygon; vt Proving Ground; vt Firing Range) with a script by Gansovsky himself.

Gansovsky received the Russian Aelita Award in 1989. [VG/DRL]

Sever Feliksovich Gansovsky

born Kiev, Ukraine: 15 December 1918 [Warsaw, Poland, has also been given; according to a 2018 biography the issue is unresolved]

died Moscow: 6 September 1990


  • The Day of Wrath (Moscow: Mir Publishers, 1989) [coll: trans by Alexander Repyev from various sources: pb/]


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