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Zhemaitis, Sergei

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1908-1987) Russian author who began to publish work of genre interest with the juvenile Miniaturization story Alesha Perets v strane gomunkulusov (1959 chap). His Young Adult tale, Vechnyĭ Veter: Fantasticheskaíà Povest' (in Mir priklyuchenij. Al'manakh 13, anth 1967; 1970; trans Gladys Evans as Eternal Wind 1975), is set Under the Sea in the Indian Ocean, where researches in advanced Biology have been undertaken. A second title in this Deti okeana sequence, Bol'shaya Laguna (1977), remains untranslated, as does the standalone novel Bagryanay planeta (1973), about an expedition to Mars.

From 1965 Zhemaitis also pursued a second career writing non-genre nautical fiction for adults. His third and most important career was as an editor; he had joined the Communist Party during World War Two and in 1957 was put in charge of the main Soviet sf imprint Molodaya Gvardiya, where he published the Strugatski brothers and other prominent Soviet authors during the 1960s, until sent into retirement in 1973. [JC/A]

Sergei Georgievich Zhemaitis

born Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, Russian Empire: 23 September 1908

died Moscow: 8 September 1987



Deti okeana

  • Vechnyĭ Veter: Fantasticheskaíà Povest' (Moscow: Detskaia literatura, 1970) [first appeared in Mir priklyuchenij. Al'manakh 13 (anth 1967): Deti okeana: binding unknown/]
    • Eternal Wind (Moscow: Mir Publishers, 1975) [trans by Gladys Evans of the above: Deti okeana: hb/]
  • Bol'shaya Laguna (Moscow: Detskaia literatura, 1977) [in the publisher's Biblioteka priklyucheniy i nauchnoy fantastiki ["Library of adventure and science fiction"] series: Deti okeana: hb/V Borisov]

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