(#173785) THE HEART OF THE SERPENT. Anonymously Edited Anthology., Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky.

THE HEART OF THE SERPENT. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, n.d. [1960]. Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. A collection of five science fiction stories translated into English by R. Prokofieva: "The Heart of the Serpent" by Ivan Yefremov; "Siema" by Anatoly Dnieprov; "The Trial of Tantalus" by Victor Saparin; "Stone From The Stars" by Valentina Zhuravleva; and "Six Matches" by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky. "Six Matches" is a "story about a scientist who risks his life and sanity by experimenting with neutrino beams directed at his own brain. On the verge of developing superhuman powers, he suffers a mental breakdown. From his notes and the evidence of his lab assistant it became clear that the scientist collapsed while attempting to lift a bundle of six matches via telekinesis. In this story the Strugatskys show Soviet scientists’ devotion to work and unconditional passion for progress to the extent that they are ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of progress." - Yulia Kulakova, The Contribution By The Brothers Strugatsky To The Genre Of Russian Science Fiction (2011 Master's Thesis). Dnieprov's "Siema" is an AI story about an intelligent machine, lacking "ethical brakes," that turns on its creator. Zhuravleva's "Stone from the Stars" is about a "bio-automaton" serving as the "brain" of a spaceship in which "living cells take the place of electronic tubes." Suvin, Russian SF, p. 29. Mild rubbing to extremities, a very good copy. (#173785).

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