sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

December 10, 2010

Life as Soviet Science Fiction

Filed under: society — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 4:19 pm

In the early 80s, when I was a kid, I read Soviet youth magazines.  I remember one of them had a science fiction story in which characters left some candy wrappers on an alien planet.  The narrator explained that because the story takes place in the future, all serious crime is already extinguished (of course — in Soviet view human nature is infinitely perfectible).  And so petty crime came to be regarded as serious crime, and littering, apparently, was a petty crime.

Fast backwards to 2010, from the Soviet future to the world where the Soviet Union no longer exists.  Narcissistic, nihilistic America-hater Julian Assange posted classified American documents for the whole world to see.  A nasty character to be sure.  Being a Swede, however, he didn’t commit treason.  But wait, there is an international manhunt for him because… he didn’t wear condom.  Remind me again, who won the Cold War?

UPDATE: Assange is an Australian living in Sweden.



  1. What happened to the characters who committed the petty littering crime? Will the same happen to Assange?


    Comment by nooneofanyimport — December 12, 2010 @ 4:03 am

    • From what I remember, they came back to pick up their trash. I don’t remember much of that story, though. I’m pretty certain it was not a good read, and I’m not just talking about that little Stalinist detail.
      There were some good sci fi writers, like Strugatsky brothers:
      It’s been a long time since I read them, but I’m pretty sure their work would hold up.

      Comment by edgeofthesandbox — December 12, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

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