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

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

by Nikolai Krementsov

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Overview

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.

           

In A Martian Stranded on Earth, the first broad-based book on Bogdanov in English, Nikolai Krementsov examines Bogdanov’s roles as revolutionary, novelist, and scientist, presenting his protagonist as a coherent thinker who pursued his ideas in a wide range of venues. Through the lens of Bogdanov’s involvement with blood studies on one hand, and of his fictional and philosophical writings on the other, Krementsov offers a nuanced analysis of the interactions between scientific ideas and societal values. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226454146
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nikolai Krementsov is associate professor at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of several books, including The Cure, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Note on Translation and Transliteration

Genealogy and Acknowledgments


1. Revolutions: The Big Science of Visionary Biology

2. Transfusions: Ideas, People, and Places

3. Voyagers: To Mars and Back

4. Earthly Realities: The Health of the Ruling Elite

5. Struggles for Viability: Proletarian Science in Action

6. Blood and Socialism: The Death of a Hero

7. Lessons and Legacies: A Martian on Earth


List of Abbreviations

Notes

References

Index

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