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A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood Transfusions, and Proletarian Science
by Nikolai Krementsov
University of Chicago Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-0-226-45414-6 | Cloth: 978-0-226-45412-2
Library of Congress Classification QH305.2.S63K74 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 570.9470904

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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. 



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