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By Robert Magidoff, Alexander Belyaev, Victor Saparin, E. Zelikovich, Vadim Okhotnikov, Ivan Yefremov, Mikhail Vasilyev, Anatoly Dn

Choice of Russian technology fiction compiled with advent through Robert Magidoff, translated through Doris Johnson

a number of technological know-how fiction from the Soviet period, from early experiments within the shape within the early twentieth century up in the course of the Sixties. the authors are all indexed within the writer box above. i'd imagine it's not that i am the single one to determine a few unusual names in that bunch...

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