By Nikolai Krementsov
Much like Vladimir Lenin, his onetime rival for the management of the Bolshevik celebration in the course of its youth, Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928) was once a visionary. In technology fiction novels set on Mars, Bogdanov imagined a destiny during which the employees of the area, liberated from capitalist exploitation, create a “physiological collective” that rejuvenates and unites its participants via commonplace blood exchanges. yet Bogdanov was once no longer only a dreamer. He labored tirelessly to popularize and detect his imaginative and prescient, founding the 1st study institute dedicated to the technological know-how of blood transfusion.
In A Martian Stranded on Earth, the 1st broad-based ebook on Bogdanov in English, Nikolai Krementsov examines Bogdanov’s roles as progressive, novelist, and scientist, providing his protagonist as a coherent philosopher who pursued his rules in quite a lot of venues. during the lens of Bogdanov’s involvement with blood reviews on one hand, and of his fictional and philosophical writings at the different, Krementsov bargains a nuanced research of the interactions among medical rules and societal values.
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A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood Transfusions, and Proletarian Science by Nikolai Krementsov