By Nikolai Krementsov
Much like Vladimir Lenin, his onetime rival for the management of the Bolshevik social gathering in the course of its early life, Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928) used to be a visionary. In technology fiction novels set on Mars, Bogdanov imagined a destiny within which the employees of the realm, liberated from capitalist exploitation, create a “physiological collective” that rejuvenates and unites its contributors via normal blood exchanges. yet Bogdanov was once no longer basically a dreamer. He labored tirelessly to popularize and observe his imaginative and prescient, founding the 1st examine institute dedicated to the technological know-how of blood transfusion.
In A Martian Stranded on Earth, the 1st broad-based publication on Bogdanov in English, Nikolai Krementsov examines Bogdanov’s roles as innovative, novelist, and scientist, proposing his protagonist as a coherent philosopher who pursued his rules in quite a lot of venues. in the course of the lens of Bogdanov’s involvement with blood reports on one hand, and of his fictional and philosophical writings at the different, Krementsov deals a nuanced research of the interactions among medical principles and societal values.
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