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"Drug"
© Kupol Galactiki, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"Golosa V Nochi"
© Kupol Galaktiki, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"Iskatel"
(Poslednyaa Velikaya Okhota)
© Kupol Galactiki, 1976
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find


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"Kosmicheski Blustitel" (nv)
("Kосмический Блюститель")
(engl. as "Space Cop")
© Fantastika - 75/76, 1976
--/ third place space sf novel
--/ adventure award
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Perfect pulp-style space adventure, which could have appeared in "Thrilling Wonder Stories" in the thirties, and might've given Edmond Hamilton, Brackett and others a run for their money. A planet with an ecology gone berserk: there are huge predator slugs, murderous jungle monsters etc. A cyborg upholds interstellar law throughout this vigorous environment, making this novella a cross between "Robocop" and Harry Harrison's "Death World". All written in a crisp, imaginative style, clean and gorgeous in its wide-eyed wonder and action. One of the first SF thrillers I've read, a great substitute for the american "Planet Stories" pulps I missed as a kid.
review: 10-Sep-06 (read in 1983)

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"Kupol Galaktiki" (coll)
("Купол Галактики")
(Engl. as "The Dome of the Galaxy")
© Molodaya Gvardiya, 1976
--/ second place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


One of the best space-adventure collections of stories in history of SF. Incredibly spare, vivid prose combined with a level of excitement and wonder, which would have made the best American SF pulp mag from the Forties proud. I am truly happy to have been able to read that stuff in the original language. The full review of all stories will be forthcoming, but for now I only might say that somebody's gotta translate it (I'd do it if I had time), and it's a shame nobody knows about this writer in the West.
review: 10-Sep-06 (read in 1984, 2004)

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"Mefisto"
© Sibir, 1972
Argus-12, 1974
Kupol Galaktiki, 1976
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


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"Na Dalekoi Planete"
("На Далекой Планете")
(Engl. as "On the Far Planet")
(Fitakh series)
© Kupol Galactiki, 1976
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


Here is one story from that incredible collection "The Dome of the Galaxy". I read it only a couple years ago, having read many wonderful planetary adventures before, but this story still rated with the best of them in my opinion. It sparkles with the quintessential wonder of a new, truly alien world. A top contender for the title of "Awesome Exploration Travelogues" in the blog (or magazine) of interstellar era, this tale is short and sweet, pure vintage "imagination candy".
review: 10-Sep-06 (read in 2004)

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"Nechto"
© Kupol Galactiki, 1976
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"Poslednyaa Velikaya Okhota"
© Kupol Galactiki, 1976
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"Prozrachnik"
© Sibirskie Ogni, 1972
Kupol Galaktiki, 1976
--/ second place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award
--/ rare find


"Schastie"
(Fitakh series)
© Kupol Galactiki, 1976
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award
--/ rare find


"Sibirit"
© Kupol Galactiki, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"Sporu Net Konca"
© Prozrachnik, 1987
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"V Skladke Vremeni"
© Kupol Galactiki, 1976
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"Zveri Bolshie I Malenkie"
© Prozrachnik, 1987
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


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