Bulychev, Kir

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Pseudonym of Russian historian, translator and author Igor Mozheiko (1934-2003), known also for books of popular science. Kir – he sometimes lengthened this to Kirill – Bulychev first gained popularity through light and intelligent stories, assembled in volumes like Tchudesa v Gusliaro (coll 1972; trans Roger DeGaris, with additional material, as Gusliar Wonders 1983), Liudi Kak Liudi ["Men Who Are Like Men"] (coll 1975), Letneie Utro ["A Summer Morning"] (coll 1979) and Pereval ["The Pass"] (coll 1983). Some of these stories were assembled as Half a Life (coll trans Helen Saltz Jacobson 1977). In the humorous Gusliar cycle, the eponymous old Russian town is a place where miracles occur on a routine basis – Aliens land, for example, and fairy-tale Golden Fishes, which grant wishes, are a sell-out in the local pet-store. Bulychev's only adult novel of note, Posledniaia Voina ["The Final War"] (1970), depicts a long-dead Post-Holocaust planet visited by Earthmen who have the technical means to resurrect it.

A prolific writer of Children's SF, Bulychev may become best known as the author of a very long sequence of Alice tales – there were at least twelve books in all – about a futuristic young heroine, beginning with Devotchka S Zemli (1974; excerpts trans Mirra Ginsburg as Alice: Some Incidents in the Life of a Little Girl of the Twenty-First Century 1977 chap US; full trans John H Costello as Alice: The Girl from Earth 2002). Juvenile singletons include Sto Let Tomu Vpered ["One Hundred Years Ahead"] (1978), Million Prikliuchenii ["A Million Adventures"] (1982) and Neposeda ["Fidget"] (1985), which was successfully adapted for the screen. He received the Russian Aelita Award in 1999. [VG]

Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko

born Moscow: 18 October 1934

died Moscow: 5 September 2003

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