Soviet Sci-Fi Revolutions

Thursday 30th June, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (, repeated on Tuesday 5th July, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Tonight we explore the wide array of Russian, and Eastern European/Soviet Bloc science fiction and fantasy, over the last 100 years, and more, in relation to the Kosmos Sci-Fi film season, currently at the BFI. What do Russian, Czech and Polish sci-fi authors like the Strugatsky Brothers, Karel Capek and Stanislav Lem, have in common with their European and American counterparts? And conversely, what do they specifically bring to the multitude of ideas within the sci-fi arena, and how did the Soviet political ideology and censorship, effect these works? As well as looking at the fiction, we will also focus on some of the amazing Russian and Eastern European SF films, like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and Stalker, as well as the cult films ‘Cosmic Voyage’, ‘Icarus XB1’ and ‘Planet of Storms’, amongst many others, which are also included in the BFI Kosmos season.

Hosted by James DC, with journalist/academic John Riley and Kosmos curator Rhidian Davis.

Clip : Planet of Storms (1962, Pavel Klushantsev)


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