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A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood Transfusions, and Proletarian Science

Nikolai Krementsov

Abstract

Much like Vladimir Lenin, his onetime rival for the leadership of the Bolshevik party during its formative years, Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928) was a visionary. In two science fiction novels set on Mars, Bogdanov imagined a future in which the workers of the world, liberated from capitalist exploitation, create a “physiological collective” that rejuvenates and unites its members through regular blood exchanges. But Bogdanov was not merely a dreamer. He worked tirelessly to popularize and realize his vision, founding the first research institute devoted to the science of blood transfusion. Thi ... More

Keywords: Bolshevik party, science fiction, physiological collective, blood transfusion, revolutionary, novelist, Mars, blood, Alexander Bogdanov

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226454122
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226454146.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nikolai Krementsov, author