Pešek, Luděk

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(1919-1999) Czech author and artist. Pešek's first novels (about social inequalities; not sf, but listed below for convenience) were published in Czechoslovakia in the late 1940s, but for decades he has lived abroad, his books being first published in German translation; they have been widely translated into other languages. His astronomical paintings are well known, and have been featured in National Geographic; one appeared as the cover art for Omni (September 1981); he illustrated some of his own books as well. The first of several Young Adult sf novels is Die Mondexpedition (1966; trans as Log of a Moon Expedition 1969). His best is Die Erde ist nah: Die Marsexpedition (1970; trans Anthea Bell as The Earth is Near 1973). It deals, with unusual sophistication for its genre, with the psychological stresses experienced by the first expedition to Mars, and the costs of combating – rather than co-ordinating with – Martian Ecology; it won the 1971 Jugendbuchpreis (Children's Book Prize) in Germany. Another sf book is Falle für Perseus (1976; trans Anthea Bell as Trap for Perseus 1980), set in a twenty-third-century totalitarian Dystopia. [JO/PN]

see also: Czech and Slovak SF; Sociology; Space Flight.

Luděk Pešek

born Kladno, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]: 26 April 1919

died Zurich, Switzerland: 4 December 1999


  • Lide v Kameni ["People Among the Stones"] (Ostrava, Czechoslovakia: Lukasik, 1946) [binding unknown/]
  • Tahouni ["Draught-Horses"] (Prague, Czechoslovakia: European Literary Klub, 1947) [binding unknown/]
  • Drazba ["Auction"] (Prague, Czechoslovakia: European Literary Klub, 1948) [binding unknown/]
  • Die Mondexpedition (Recklinghausen, Germany: Paulus-Verlag, 1966) [binding unknown/]
  • Die Erde ist nah: Die Marsexpedition (Recklinghausen, Germany: Georg Bitter Verlag, 1970) [binding unknown/]
  • Nur Ein Stein ["Only a Stone"] (Weinheim, Germany: Beltz Verlag, 1972) [binding unknown/]
  • Preis der Beute ["Price of Plunder"] (Weinheim, Germany: Beltz Verlag, 1973) [binding unknown/]
  • Eine Insel fur Zwei (Weinheim, Germany: Beltz Verlag, 1974) [binding unknown/]
  • Flug In Die Welt von Morgen ["A Flight into the World of Tomorrow"] (Recklinghausen, Germany: Georg Bitter Verlag, 1975) [binding unknown/]
  • Falle fur Perseus (Weinheim, Germany: Beltz Verlag, 1976) [binding unknown/]
    • Trap for Perseus (New York: Bradbury Press, 1980) [trans by Anthea Bell of the above: hb/Jane R Wattenberg]


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