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Pavel Klushantsev and Alexander Kazantsev, Planet of Storms - 1962

Season 4, Episode 25This time we turn to Soviet science fiction and discuss "The Planet of Storms" - a science fiction film directed by Pavel Klushantsev based on the novel of the same name by Alexander Kazantsev and released on the big screens of the USSR in 1962. We are talking about Klushantsev's personalities and biographies and Kazantsev, as well as about their other works, we talk about how the script of the film was written and how the interaction between the writer and director took place, and, of course, we discuss the film as a whole, and separately the sound and visual effects that have become its distinctive feature. And we're also talking about different versions of the film, about symbolism and imagery, and about connection with other civilizations. After this episode, we will take a break from the current season for about a couple of months. In the next episode after the break, we will talk about "Shards of Space", another collection of short stories by our beloved Robert Sheckley, published in 1962. Hosts: Sasha Memus, Ksenia Kazantseva and Pavel Tychina

12/28/2022 • 1 hour 8 minutes 43 seconds

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Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone: s03 - 1961

Season 4, Episode 24 Discussing the third season of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, which won the Hugo for Best Drama Production in 1961 for the third year in a row. We discuss those episodes that seemed to us the most interesting. Here is their list:[s03e01] “Two”[s03e03] “The Shelter”[s03e06] “The Mirror”[s03e08] “It's a Good Life”[s03e09] “Deaths-Head Revisited”[s03e13] “Once Upon a Time ”[s03e14] “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”[s03e24] “To Serve Man”[s03e35] “I Sing the Body Electric”In the next episode we will discuss Planet of Storms, a Soviet sci-fi film directed by Pavel Klushantsev based on the story of the same name by Alexander Kazantsev and released on the big screens of the USSR in 1962. Hosts: Sasha Memus, Arkasha Shirinkin and Anya Kozhemyakina Producers: Arkasha Shirinkin and Sasha Mem

12/14/2022 • 1 hour 17 minutes 18 seconds

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K. H. Scheer + K. Darlton + K. Maar, Perry Rodan: Third Power - 1961

Season 4, Episode 23 Discussing Perry Rodan: The Third Estate by Karl-Herbert Scheer, Clark Darlton and Kurt Maar. This is the first volume of the multi-volume German-language epic about Perry Rodan, which began in 1961, compiled from the first five books. book, since this is a trash pulp, we discuss the features of how these books are written, as well as the motivation of the title and other characters, we talk about physics and the prohibition of free neutrons, about female characters and insectoids, about abrupt genre changes, and also try to find in the book non-obvious subtext on the topic of militaristic empires and the Third Reich. In the next episode, we will talk about the third season of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. In a couple of days, in the comments in the telegram, we will write about which episodes we will talk about, but of course you can watch

11/23/2022 • 1 hour 34 minutes 35 seconds

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Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Darkness - 1961

Season 4, Episode 22We discuss Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Mother Darkness", which was published in 1961. We talk about the mood of the book and its connection with current events, analyze some aspects of Vonnegut's writing style using the example of this book, including discussing Vonnegut's characteristic descriptions of characters and several once we compare the book with "Sirens of Titan", we talk about people who "just did their job well", we discuss a lot the love line and the importance of the image of Helga, and also try to understand why it is so difficult to formulate our attitude towards the main character. In the next issue we will talk about the book "Perry Rodan: The Third Estate" by Karl-Herbert Scheer, Clark Darlton and Kurt Maar, this is the first volume of the multi-volume German-language epic about Perry Rodan, compiled from the first five books. Send us feedback and questions on hudonebylo or telegram channel.Subscribe:Spotify<

10/19/2022 • 1 hour 6 minutes 44 seconds

Season 4, episode 21 We discuss Robert Heinlein's cult novel "Stranger in a Strange Land", first published in 1961, and perhaps the author's most famous book. Our impressions were mixed, which, however, was expected with this book. We talk about different editions of the novel and translation into Russian, about falling into a historical context, we discuss a lot for whom Heinlein wrote his novel and what he himself thought about what was happening, we jokingly suggest canceling Heinlein for an unexpected and completely unnecessary level of intolerance in the book, and of course, we talk about the philosophy proposed in the novel, about the description of the proposed future, and about the provocativeness of the book. A comparison of the two versions of the book, which Sasha talks about in the episode, can be found here. In the next issue, we will talk about Kurt Vonnegut's 1961 novel Mother Darkness. Send us feedback and questions to hudonebylo@gma

09/28/2022 • 1 hour 15 minutes 35 seconds

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Stanislav Lem, Solaris – 1961

Season 4, episode 20 For the second episode in Belarusian, we read the novel "Solaris" by Stanislav Lem. In this book from 1961, Lem talks about the research of a planet-ocean, which reveals some signs of intelligence. In the episode, we respect Lem as a Polish writer, we are depressed with him about the difficulty of contact with extraterrestrials, we call Lem a disappointed Heinlein, and we admire the quality of the translation of the book into Belarusian. .In the next episode, we will discuss Heinlein's long novel "A Stranger in a Strange Land." Start reading it soon to catch the episode.Send us your feedback and questions at or our Telegram channel.Subscribe:SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts

Harry Harrison, Steel Rat - 1961

Season 4, Episode 19 We return to the science fiction of the 60s. We begin with Harry Harrison's novel "Steel Rat". This book was first published in 1961, and it tells about the adventures of the adventurer Jim de Gris. The book turned out to be fun, but not very deep. In "The World of Death" by the same Harrison or in "Status Civilization" by Sheckley, the social commentary turned out to be more interesting (both books were on our podcast, by the way). Steel Rat is more like an adventure comic in structure, Garrison himself wrote and drew these early in his career: Steel Rat is a mixture of Fast and Furious and Ocean's Friends, but without a team work. In the next issue, we will continue to discuss the science fiction of the 60s. Next in line is the novel by Stanislav Lem "Solaris". This will be an episode in Belarusian. Send us feedback and questions to or telegram channel. Subscribe:

Clive Staples Lewis, The Last Stand - 1956

Season 4, Episode 18We have finished reading The Chronicles of Narnia to the end. In the seventh volume in Narnia, everything goes awry, the power over the country is seized by the Cunning monkeys and the Calormenes. Jill and Eustace from the fourth volume are sent to resolve the situation. The book turned out to be controversial. On the one hand, Lewis makes good fanservice, adding cameos for all the key characters from previous books, reveals his Christian worldview in more detail, and even comes up with a (potentially) emotional ending, fully completing the series and story arcs of the main characters. On the other hand, the way Lewis describes the Calormenes and their religious beliefs, and the way he ends Susan's story arc, raises many questions. In many ways, Lewis's accusations of racism and sexism grew out of this book, but there is still no consensus on the issue. So you'll have to read The Last Stand yourself to form your own opinion. The BBC Black and White Minstrel Show mentioned in the episode: https:/

07/20/2022 • 1 hour 26 minutes 51 seconds

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Clive Staples Lewis, The Magician's Nephew – 1955

Disclaimer: this episode is in Belarusian. We will release such episodes from time to time. You can distinguish them by name. Season 4, Episode 17 We continue to discuss The Chronicles of Narnia by Clive Staples Lewis. Next is the sixth volume "The Magician's Nephew". It is a prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in which the boy Digory and the girl Polly are the first to enter Narnia, before the Pevensie children, and thus discover this wonderful land. The hosts of the podcast note that this is the most Christian volume so far . In it, Lewis almost verbatim retells the myth of the creation of the world. In this regard, the presenters discuss Lewis's friendship with Tolkien, who influenced Lewis' conversion to Christianity, even uses biblical motifs in The Lord of the Rings himself (and in our view does this more skillfully than Lewis). The presenters also note that in this volume Aslan expresses less hyper-care, he gives the main characters a chance to make a pom

07/06/2022 • 1 hour 12 minutes 22 seconds

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Clive Staples Lewis, The Horse and His Boy - 1954

Season 4, Episode 16 We continue to follow the adventures in the world of Narnia. In the fifth volume, Lewis breaks the canon and no longer transfers anyone to Narnia. The main character is the boy Shasta. He lives south in Tarchistan, he doesn't like it there, and decides to flee north to Narnia. On the good side: this volume reads quite easily (albeit a little behind the previous one in terms of pace and events), there is a desert, a comedic feature of Frown and Reepicheep now the horse Igogo occupies, and Lewis continues to pour aphorisms. From the bad: the book is full of sexist and racist stereotypes, and sometimes you want to directly ask Lewis "what are you doing?". But he's okay, he comes up with a new battle for the ending and continues to preach about Christianity. In the next issue, we will continue to discuss the Chronicles, now the sixth book "The Magician's Nephew", first published in 1955. This episode will be on belmov.Send us feedback and questions to or telegram channel.Subscribe

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06/15/2022 • 1 hour 10 minutes 54 seconds

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Clive Staples Lewis, Silver Chair - 1953

Season 4, Episode 15 We continue to follow the adventures in Narnia. In the fourth volume, the Pevensie family is left behind, while Eustace from the previous book and his new friend Jill escape from the hated school (called Aslan, of course). The podcast hosts agree that this volume is more lively than the previous two: the language is smoother, the story is more complex, and the characters finally have a chance to make their own mistakes. And the most important thing is that the confused saint Ripichip is replaced by the quack-wanderer Hmur, who manages to make a good joke. And in this volume, Lewis retells the famous myth of Plato's cave, and the world of ideas is finally added to the world of images. In the next edition, we will continue to discuss Chronicles, now the fifth book of "The Horse and His Boy", first published in 1954. Send us feedback and questions at or the Telegram channel. Subscribe:Spotify

Clive Staples Lewis, The Dawn Treader, or Swimming to the End of the World - 1952

Season 4, Episode 14 We continue to follow the adventures of the Pevensie family. In the third volume, the kids have a nasty neighbor, and together with him and Caspian from the second volume they go on a journey across the seven seas (seven Narnian islands, actually :). The structure of the novel follows imram: a classic Irish tale about a hero's sea voyage to the Otherworld. In the imrams the characters usually sail west, but in Lewis's book they sail east because Reepicheep says so in the prophecy. In general, purely on Reepicheep, this book leaves. Nowadays, he would become the king of merch worse than Grogg. On this volume, Sasha continues to spit, Tyoma gets a taste of it and promises to read the entire series, and Kirill enthusiastically praises Lewis (but refuses to read it to his children at night). In the next issue, we will continue to discuss The Chronicles, now the fourth book of The Silver Chair, first published in 1953. Send us feedback and questions at hudonebylo@gm

05/18/2022 • 58 minutes 48 seconds

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Clive Staples Lewis, Prince Caspian: Return to Narnia - 1951

Season 4, Episode 13 We continue to follow the adventures of the Pevensie family. In the second volume, the events begin at the railway station, where four children are waiting for the train. From there, the children go to Narnia, where they have to move somewhere opposite all the time, making their way through forests, rocks and rivers. So the authors of the podcast made their way through Lewis's text, which was full of incompatible features, just like Caspian's mentor: His long, silvery, sharp beard descended to the waist, and the brown, wrinkled face was wise, ugly and kind. As a result, Sasha and Artyom got lost in this labyrinth of words and realized that they could no longer return the sensations of a fairy tale from childhood, while Kirill, on the contrary, got a taste and claims that Lewis is a genius. In the next issue, we will continue to discuss Chronicles, now the third book "The Dawn Treader, or Swimming to the End of the World", first published in 1952. Send us feedback and questions at or on the telegram channel.

05/11/2022 • 56 minutes 6 seconds

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Clive Staples Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – 1950

Season 4, Episode 12 We don’t export complex books from the 60s now, so we decided to hide in a wardrobe and immerse ourselves in fantasy. During the Second World War, London was subject to regular air raids, and Clive Staples Lewis hosted radio broadcasts on the BBC to support his fellow citizens. Air Chief Marshal Sir Donald Hardman wrote: "War, life, everything seemed meaningless to us." Many of us needed to find the meaning of life. Lewis gave it to us. So we decided to read the first novel from The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, hoping that Lewis would support us too. In the next issue, we will continue to discuss The Chronicles, now the second book of Prince Caspian: Return to Narnia, first published in 1951. Send us feedback and questions at or on the telegram channel. Subscribe: SpotifyApple Podcasts

05/04/2022 • 1 hour 3 minutes 46 seconds

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Robert Sheckley, Status Civilization - 1960

Season 4, Episode 11 We are back from hibernation with a new episode that was recorded before the war. The following were recorded after. We will try our best to maintain the same tone and format, as well as the frequency of releases, but we won't make any promises just yet. Sasha, Arkasha and Lyosha are talking about "Status Civilization" - this time, finally, not a collection of short stories, but a full-fledged novel by Robert Sheckley, published in 1960. In this issue, we compare the style of Sheckley's stories with a novel, we talk about evil satire and social fiction, trying to draw unexpected analogies with anything, up to Fast and Furious, Idiocracy and Munchkin, discussing the opposition of Earth and Omega, and of course we are talking about the most interesting plot and ideological finds of Sheckley, which he has this time too there were a lot. In the next issue, we will break our own logic and plan a bit, and try to hide in the closet and discuss the novel "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

04/20/2022 • 1 hour 11 minutes 48 seconds

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Robert Sheckley, Fantasy Unlimited - 1960

Season 4, Episode 10 Sasha, Arkasha and Lyosha analyze "Fantasy Without Borders" - another collection of short stories by Robert Sheckley, published in 1960. In this episode of the podcast, there is a lot of rustling microphone (sorry), a little sick with covid (but now everyone has everything is fine), and of course we are talking about most of the stories from the collection, discussing a wide variety of topics, both raised by Sheckley himself and born in our imagination thanks to his stories. And in the next issue we will continue the Sheckley Marathon and talk about the novel " Status Civilization", which was released all the same in 1960. Send us feedback and questions to or to the telegram channel. Subscribe: SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsYandex.Music

Robert Sheckley, Shop of Infinity - 1960

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Season 4, Episode 9 Sasha, Anya, Arkasha and Artyom celebrate the 100th episode of the podcast and discuss The Infinity Shop, a collection of short stories by Robert Sheckley published in 1960. fiction and the most popular books in the decades we have already passed, once again talked about our perception of this genre and its boundaries, looked a little beyond these boundaries, and also speculated about the phenomenon of the disproportionate popularity of Robert Sheckley in the USA and the USSR (and the consequences in the post-Soviet space ). And then we went directly to the "Shop of Infinity" - we talked a little about each of the stories in the collection, about the topics raised there, and about how Sheckley writes and jokes. And once again we will duplicate our new small competition - send us an unexpected recommendation for one from future episodes, it should be something that fits into our format, but at the same time we ourselves would most likely

02/09/2022 • 1 hour 27 minutes 27 seconds

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Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone: s02 - 1960

Season 4, Episode 8 Sasha, Anya and Arkasha discuss the best episodes of the second season of The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling, who won the 1960 Hugo for Best Drama Production for the second year in a row. This time we finally figured out that in the early 1960s Hugo was given the entire season in its entirety, so we are correcting it, and this time we are discussing not one episode, but the best episodes of the second season. Here is their list: [s02e06] “Eye of the Beholder”[s02e07] “Nick of Time”[s02e15] “The Invaders”[s02e22] “Long Distance Call”[s02e25] "The Silence"[s02e26] "Shadow Play" [s02e28] “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”[s02e29] "The Obsolete Man" We briefly discuss each of them and try to understand what and how works in the Twilight Zone. In the next 100th anniversary episode of our podcast, we'll talk about The Infinity Shop, another collection of short stories by our beloved Robert Sheckley. And, of course, let's talk about the milestone of 100 episodes! Send us feedback!

02/02/2022 • 1 hour 10 minutes 34 seconds

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Paul Anderson, The Farthest Voyage - 1960

Season 4, Episode 7 Sasha, Artyom and Kirill discuss Paul Anderson's story "The Farthest Voyage", which received the Hugo of 1961. In this episode, we argue with Captain Rovik's decision and try to understand its reasons, discuss progress, colonization and the global development of civilization, remember about the genre of "fallers", as well as talking about the description of the characters of the story and their motivation, many times we try to compare "The Farthest Voyage" with the works of other authors and recall the expedition of Magellan. Next time we will talk about the second season of "The Twilight Zone" by Rod Serling. This time we will talk about some of the best episodes and list them in advance:[s02e06] “Eye of the Beholder” [s02e07] “Nick of Time”[s02e15] “The Invaders”[s02e22] “Long Distance Call”[s02e25 ] "The Silence"[s02e26] "Shadow Play"[s02e28] “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”[s02e29] "The Obsolete Man"Send us feedback and questions at or

01/26/2022 • 1 hour 5 minutes 38 seconds

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Harry Harrison, Indomitable Planet - 1960

Season 4, Episode 6 Sasha, Arkasha and Artyom discuss Harry Harrison's novel "Deathworld", which became the first in the "Deathworld" cycle of the same name and was nominated for the Hugo of 1961. We talk about Garrison's literary language, about how cinematic the novel turned out to be, and even discuss the possibilities of film adaptation, compare the novel a lot with the works of other authors, talk about how the characters of "Indomitable Planet" turned out, and also remember about the Pyrrhic victory and Nash's equilibrium. Next time we'll discuss Poul Anderson's short story "The Farthest Voyage", which won Hugo 1961. Send us feedback and questions at or our telegram channel. Subscribe: SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsYandex.Music

01/19/2022 • 1 hour 1 minute 32 seconds

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Walter M. Miller, Jr., Leibovitz Passion - 1960

Season 4, Episode 5 Sasha, Arkasha and Kirill discuss Walter Michael Miller Jr.'s novel "A Canticle for Leibowitz", which received a Hugo in 1961. We talk about the biography of the author and the history of writing and publishing the book, and then we go directly to the novel itself: we discuss the difficulties of translation, Catholicism and its role in the development of society, the clash and at the same time the interconnectedness of religion and science, we talk about references to biblical texts in the book , about the role of understatements in the narrative and how Miller creates the right atmosphere with these understatements, as well as discussing the motivation of scientists, scientific progress, the cyclical nature of history and how history is written in general. Next time we will discuss Harry Harrison's novel "Deathworld", which was the first in the "Deathworld" cycle of the same name and was also nominated for Hugo in 1961. Send us feedback and questions at or via telegram -channel.

01/12/2022 • 1 hour 22 minutes 22 seconds

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Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan - 1959

Season 4, Episode 4 Sasha, Arkasha and Artyom discuss Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Sirens of Titan". It was in contention for 1960's Hugo but lost to Starship Troopers, but it's still a significant and famous novel, so we decided to take it this season. In the beginning, we are talking about the biography of Kurt Vonnegut, and even about the documentary film dedicated to him by Robert B. Widee (yes, from that very meme). And then we discuss the book, talk about the paradoxical nature of the perception of the novel and about many of the key topics covered in the novel: about loneliness, about the manipulation of some characters by others and about free will in general in a broad sense, about the horrors and senselessness of wars, about preserving personality while erasing memory, about Vonnegut's attitude to organized religions, and first of all, of course, to Christianity, we are looking for references with religious overtones in the novel, and we also talk a lot about Vonnegut's bilious banter over everything and everyone. And, importantly, thanks to the discussion, we even begin to change our minds about the novel by the end of the episode.

12/29/2021 • 1 hour 26 minutes 53 seconds

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Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone: s01 - 1959

Season 4, episode 3 Sasha, Arkasha and Anya discuss the series "The Twilight Zone" by Rod Serling and separately talk in detail about the eighth episode of the first season called "Now there is enough time" ("Time Enough at Last"), this episode has the highest rating in the first season and Rod Serling himself called him his favorite. We discuss the rich biography of Rod Serling, we talk about the history of American series and television shows, as well as the history of the Twilight Zone itself, and after that we move on to the specific episode "Now there is enough time", and we discuss various kind of addiction, technology, the Tsar Bomb and survival in the post-apocalypse. And next time we'll talk about Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Sirens of Titan". Send us feedback and questions to or telegram channel. Subscribe: SpotifyApple Podcasts

Paul Verhoeven, Starship Troopers - 1997

Season 4, Episode 2 Sasha, Arkasha, Artyom and Kirill are discussing Paul Verhoeven's film "Starship Troopers", with some reservations it can be considered an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Robert Heinlein, which we talked about in the last episode. We discuss military propaganda and references to Nazi Germany, sharing how we perceived this film now and how we perceived it when we first saw it almost 20 years ago, reminiscing about the history of writing and making the film, discussing CGI from the 90s, inevitably and repeatedly comparing the film to the book, and discussing how this film adaptation can generally be considered a film adaptation, and about how thick Verhoeven's trolling turned out. In the next episode, we will discuss the first season of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, and specifically we will talk about the eighth episode called "Now there is enough time" ("Time Enough at Last "), this episode has the highest rating in the first season and Rod Serling himself called it his favorite. Prizes

12/15/2021 • 1 hour 5 minutes 11 seconds

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Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers - 1959

Season 4, Episode 1 Sasha, Arkasha, Artyom and Kirill discuss Robert Anson Heinlein's novel "Starship Troopers", first published in 1959 and received Hugo as the best novel already in 1960. We have time to talk about the structure of the novel and characters, and about those elements of the novel that are clearly related specifically to science fiction, but basically, of course, we are discussing Heinlein's views on the structure of both his contemporary society and the hypothetical society of the future described in the novel. We are talking about democracy, the price of freedom and the ratio of freedom and responsibility, military service, militarism, the price of human life, the naturalness of aggression, public morality and its connection with wars, as well as the role of violence in resolving any conflicts and in the process of raising puppies and children. And in the process, Sasha manages to tell about his Vietnamese flashbacks. In the next episode, we'll talk about the eponymous film adaptation of this book, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven in 1997.Send us feedback

12/08/2021 • 2 hours 5 minutes 21 seconds

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Season 4 Launch: 1960s Fiction

Intro of the fourth season. Sasha, Arkasha, Anya and Artyom talk about what will happen in the new season. We are returning after a short break! We are happy that by the fourth season we finally got to the books that really got "Hugo" and "Nebula" at once, but before we talk about fiction, we are talking about the 1960s themselves and recalling the key events of the decade that influenced science and culture, and means what we are going to discuss. And then we share a list of works that we plan to talk about in the new season, as well as our expectations. The list of what we plan to discuss can be found at the link. In the next episode, we will discuss Robert Heinlein's novel Starship Troopers. Send us feedback and questions to, to the telegram channel or to the vk group.Subscribe:


Who was the fake Cuban novelist? ›

In the 1990s, he began writing as "H. G. Carrillo," and he eventually adopted that identity in his private life as well. Carroll constructed a false claim that he was a Cuban immigrant who had left Cuba with his family at the age of seven; in fact, he was an African-American.

Who is the father of fiction? ›

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. Prolific in many genres, he wrote more than fifty novels and dozens of short stories.

What is the oldest form of fiction? ›

Sumerian literature is the oldest known literature, written in Sumer. Types of literature were not clearly defined, and all Sumerian literature incorporated poetic aspects. Sumerian poems demonstrate basic elements of poetry, including lines, imagery, and metaphor.

What is problematic fiction? ›

To me, problematic (particularly in terms of a work of fiction) means work that fails to provide accurate representation of a person/group, and/or promotes views that are harmful or stereotypical.

Are fake Cuban cigars still good? ›

Some may say that fake cigars don't hurt anyone. But they do. The quality is not the same as official cigars, and even if they are well made, the cigars are not the same blend as the real items. This denigrates the image of Cuban cigars.

Did Hemingway love Cuba? ›

Hemingway loved Cuba so much that he dedicated his Nobel Prize to the country, noting (according to the Independent) that “This is a prize that belongs in Cuba, because my work was conceived and created in Cuba, with my people of Cojimar where I'm a citizen.”

Who wrote the most fiction books ever? ›

According to Guinness World Records, L. Ron Hubbard is the most prolific writer of all time. In addition to founding the controversial religion Scientology, the sci-fi author published 1084 works between 1934 and 2006. Of those works, more than 250 were fiction.

Who was the first fictional character? ›

The first fictional character in history dates back to 425 B.C. and is called Aristophanes, The Acharnians.

Who wrote the first fiction? ›

The world's first novel is thought to be The Tale of Genji, written in 11th Century Japan by a woman known to us only as Murasaki Shikibu.

What is the oldest story known to man? ›

The Epic of Gilgamesh. What, When and Where: An epic poem concerning or (very) loosely based on the historical King Gilgamesh, who ruled Sumerian Uruk (modern day Iraq) in 2700 BC. This is the oldest written story, period, anywhere, known to exist.

Who is the oldest book in the universe? ›

The Epic of Gilgamesh started out as a series of Sumerian poems and tales dating back to 2100 B.C., but the most complete version was written around the 12th century B.C. by the Babylonians.

What is the shortest form of fiction? ›


Microfiction and nanofiction describe the shortest forms of flash fiction, including stories that are 300 words or less. Microfiction includes forms such as drabble, dribble, and six-word stories.

What is it called when you can't tell fiction from reality? ›

Delusional disorder is a type of mental health condition in which a person can't tell what's real from what's imagined. There are many types, including persecutory, jealous and grandiose types. It's treatable with psychotherapy and medication.

Does fiction mean true or untrue? ›

In short, we can say that fiction represents something which is not true, it is unreal, whereas nonfiction indicates a factual account. Fiction can be understood as the literary work created as per one's imagination, i.e. the author's creative thought or made-up stories and characters.

What is a fiction story that could not happen in real-life called? ›

Fantasy – a story about characters that may not be realistic and about events that could not really happen.

What brand of cigar is closest to a Cuban? ›

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Serie

Finally, the Padron 1964 Anniversary Series is often compared to Cuban cigars. Handmade in Nicaragua and features a blend of Nicaraguan fillers and a Maduro wrapper. The dark brown wrapper provides a rich, complex flavour similar to Cuban.

What is the most counterfeited cigar? ›

The phrase often repeated is, “No Cuban cigars come in a glass lid box.”, so don't buy them. Cohiba Behikes, or BHK, are the most faked cigar in the world, due to them being the rarest and most expensive. If someone is offering you a Behike, or you see them for sale, or someone “gifts” you one, chances are it's fake.

What percent of Cuban cigars are fake? ›

In most of the cases, finding counterfeit Cuban cigars is very simple. If you go to websites where people sell items, you will will find plenty of them. Let's sat that 90% of the listed Cuban cigars are fakes. It is a good starting point to quickly understand how the counterfeit cigar boxes look like.

Who was Cuba friendly with? ›

Canada and Mexico were the only two countries in the hemisphere to maintain uninterrupted diplomatic relations with Cuba following the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

Who did Hemingway love the most? ›

Ernest Hemingway may have had many lovers during a champagne-and-absinthe-soaked life that ended with alcoholism, depression, paranoia and suicide. But he had just one true love. According to Scott Donaldson, it was his first of four wives, Hadley Richardson.

What is Ernest Hemingway's most famous quote? ›

1. "The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them."

What is the most sold piece of fiction ever? ›

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time
  • #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
  • #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
  • #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
  • #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
  • #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)

What's the most read book ever? ›

The Bible. Easily the most read book in the world is the Bible for obvious reasons. It is estimated to have sold over 40 million copies in the last 60 years.

What is most sold book in the world? ›

The best-selling book of all time is the Christian Bible.

Who is the most filmed fictional character? ›

Sherlock Holmes

The Guinness World Records lists Sherlock as the most portrayed character in film and television history, with over 25,000 adaptations in various mediums by the 1990s.

Which fictional character never ages? ›

Dorian Gray is a fictional character and the protagonist of Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Who is the first best selling fiction author of all time? ›

William Shakespeare is listed as the best selling fiction author of all time having sold between 2 – 4 billion copies. More impressive still, he did so whilst only releasing 42 different books. Of the best selling fiction authors by estimated sales, 13.33% had released more than 500 publications.

Who is the first author of all time? ›

The world's first known author is widely considered to be Enheduanna, a woman who lived in the 23rd century BCE in ancient Mesopotamia (approximately 2285 – 2250 BCE). Enheduanna is a remarkable figure: an ancient “triple threat”, she was a princess and a priestess as well as a writer and poet.

Who made the first book ever? ›

The earliest surviving written literature is from ancient Mesopotamia. The Epic of Gilgamesh is often cited as the first great composition, although some shorter compositions have survived that are even earlier (notably the “Kesh Temple Hymn” and “The Instructions of Shuruppak”).

Who was the first named human? ›

Kushim (Sumerian: 𒆪𒋆 KU.ŠIM) is the earliest known recorded name of a person in writing. The name "Kushim" is found on several Uruk period (c. 3400–3000 BC) clay tablets used to record transactions of barley.

What is the oldest story of God? ›

The Creation Myth of Enuma Elish

The Enuma Elish is composed of close to one thousand lines of cuneiform script that have often been compared with the Old Testament creation story in Genesis I. The story features a great battle between gods Marduk and Tiamat that results in the creation of the Earth and mankind.

What is the oldest book in existence? ›

Diamond Sūtra. A Buddhist holy text, the Diamond Sūtra is considered to be the oldest surviving dated printed book in the world. Found in a walled up cave in China along with other printed materials, the book is made up of Chinese characters printed on a scroll of grey printed paper, wrapped along a wooden pole.

Which is the oldest book in Bible? ›

Internal evidence in the texts suggests dating the individual books of the 27-book New Testament canon in the 1st century CE. The first book written was probably 1 Thessalonians, written around 50 CE.

What is the oldest Bible? ›

Codex Sinaiticus Petropolitanus, Oxford.

What is the oldest overdue book? ›

The Guinness World Record for an unreturned and overdue library book is held by a book owned by Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. The history book, written in German, was borrowed in 1667 or 1668 by Colonel Robert Walpole, the father of Sir Robert Walpole, regarded as the first prime minister of Great Britain.

What is a 1000 word story called? ›

A novelette is longer than a short story, which usually has a word range of between 1,000 and 7,500 words, and flash fiction, which is usually under 1,000 words. Any piece of creative writing that is longer than a novelette but shorter than a novel is considered a novella.

What is a 6 word of fiction? ›

What Is a Six-Word Story? A six-word story is an entire story told in six words. It is a short narrative that can have all of the emotional themes of longer stories—from funny to dramatic, sad to scary.

What do you call a short story with less than 100 words? ›

Flash fiction, also called minimalist fiction, is a fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development.

Who is the most famous Cuban writer? ›

Cuban literature is one of the most prolific, relevant and influential literatures in Latin America and all the Spanish-speaking world, with renowned writers including José Martí, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, José María Heredia, Nicolás Guillén (the National Poet of Cuba), José Lezama Lima, Alejo Carpentier (nominee ...

Who was the Cuban Marxist guy? ›

Fidel Castro
El Comandante Fidel Castro
Castro c. 1959
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba
In office 3 October 1965 – 19 April 2011
DeputyRaúl Castro
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Which Cuban writer fought for Cuban independence? ›

1853-1895. Born in Havana, Cuba, José Julián Martí y Pérez was the son of poor Spanish immigrants. Thanks to the aid of his teacher, he was able to go to high school just at the time the Ten Years' War, Cuba's first struggle for independence, began.

Did Ernest Hemingway write about Cuba? ›

Hemingway Wrote Some of His Best Work in Cuba

Actually, Cuba was something of a muse for Hemingway. In fact, wrote some of his most famous novels there. These novels include Islands in the Stream, The Old Man and the Sea, A Moveable Feast, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Who wrote the most beautiful girl in Cuba? ›

About the author

Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana, When We Left Cuba, The Last Train to Key West, and The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba.

What famous American writer lived in Cuba? ›

Hemingway moved his primary summer residence to Ketchum, Idaho, just outside the newly built resort of Sun Valley, and moved his winter residence to Cuba.

What is the most popular Cuban genre? ›

Son and nueva trova remain the most popular forms of modern Cuban music, and virtually all Cuban artists play music derived from one of these two genres.

Who created socialism in Cuba? ›

Communist Party of Cuba
Communist Party of Cuba Partido Comunista de Cuba
FounderFidel Castro
Founded3 October 1965
Preceded byUnited Party of the Cuban Socialist Revolution
HeadquartersPalacio de la Revolución, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana
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Is Cuba a communist or Marxist? ›

Cuba has had a socialist political system since 1959 based on the "one state – one party" principle. Cuba is constitutionally defined as a Marxist–Leninist state.

What was Castro's ideology? ›

Fidel Castro proclaimed himself to be "a socialist, and Marxist–Leninist". As a Marxist–Leninist, Castro believed strongly in converting Cuba, and the wider world, from a capitalist system in which individuals own the means of production into a socialist system in which the means of production are owned by the workers.

How did the Spanish treat the Cubans? ›

Under the Spanish commander, Capt. Gen. Valeriano Weyler y Nicolau (nicknamed El Carnicero, “the Butcher”), Cubans were herded into so-called “reconcentration areas” in and around the larger cities; those who remained at large were treated as enemies.

Why did the US want Cuba? ›

U.S. interest in purchasing Cuba had begun long before 1898. Following the Ten Years War, American sugar interests bought up large tracts of land in Cuba. Alterations in the U.S. sugar tariff favoring home-grown beet sugar helped foment the rekindling of revolutionary fervor in 1895.

How did Spain treat Cuba? ›

Spain gave Cuba representation in the Cortes (parliament) and abolished slavery in 1886. Other promised reforms, however, never materialized. In 1894 Spain canceled a trade pact between Cuba and the United States.

Which famous American visited Cuba frequently? ›

Hemingway first visited Cuba in 1928 while stopping on a layover to Spain. He spent three days in Havana and slept at the Hotel Ambos Mundos, which is where he would stay whenever he visited for the next decade.

Was Hemingway kicked out of Cuba? ›

Hemingway left Cuba for the last time in 1960 amid a spate of executions by the Castro regime. He and Mary eventually settled in Ketchum, Idaho. In July 1961, he ended his life. Soon after, Mary Welsh returned to Finca Vigía to collect some papers and artwork, and the Cuban government assumed ownership of the property.


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