More’s article “Sci-Fi Writers’ War: They predicted and possibly inspired the conflict in the Ukraine” by Cathy Young

    “War 2011 : Against NATO” – Fedor Berezin (Donetsk)

    A professional and documented article on the „militarist sci-fi” authors from eastern Ukraine was published by and is signed by Cathy Young :

    Sci-Fi Writers’ War: They predicted and possibly inspired the conflict in the Ukraine.”


    Fedor Berezin, “deputy defense minister” of the so-called and self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “sci-fi writer”

    „A pro-Western, NATO-backed Ukrainian government faces a stubborn insurgency in the pro-Russian East. Fighting rages around Donetsk, with civilians dying in artillery fire and airstrikes, while Russian troops mass on the Ukrainian border.

    The latest headlines?

    No, a two-novel series by Russian-Ukrainian science-fiction writer Fedor Berezin: War 2010: The Ukrainian Front and War 2011: Against NATO.

    In a startling plot twist, Fedor Berezin, a 54-year-old former Soviet Army officer and Donetsk native, is now living inside a real-life version of his own story: He is deputy defense minister of the embattled “Donetsk People’s Republic.” And this is just one of many bizarre overlaps between fantasy and reality in the current conflict in Eastern Ukraine—a convergence that prompted one Russian commentator, novelist Dmitry Bykov, to dub this conflict “the writers’ war.”” – Cathy Young


    “War 2010 : The Ukrainian Front” – Fedor Berezin (Donetsk)

    That’s a fact, the Star Bridge (Zvezdniy Most) Festival from Kharkiv/Kharkov (Ukraine) has repeatedly awarded militarist-revanchist-chauvinist-nationalist-communist trash disguised as “sci-fi” :

    2010  Silver Caduceus for “War 2011 : Against NATO” by Fedor Berezin (Donetsk)

    The blurb of this paranoid-militarist-communist junk is as follows:

    The near future. Betrayed by it’s own “elite” Ukraine is occupied by U.S. troops. The sky is streaked with NATO planes. The Snake Island (Ostriv Zmiinyi/Zmeinyi Ostrov) is captured by the Romanians, the Turks had occupied Crimea. The “democratic” West does not give a shit about it, Kiev is silent and the Ukrainian army can’t face the invaders.

    But there are still people loyal to the military honor … and the rebel battalion “The Red Star” unchains the hell against the occupiers … This the sequel of the bestseller “War 2010. The Crush of the Orange Revolution from Ukraine !”

    2007 Bronze Caduceus for  “War 2030: Attack on the Rocky Mountains” by Fedor Berezin (Donetsk)

    2005 Bronze Caduceus for “War 2030: The Red Dawn” and “War 2030: The Metropolis in Flames” by Fedor Berezin (Donetsk)

    2002 Silver Caduceus Award for “Red Star. Immediate Cataclysm” and “Red Star. Parallel Cataclysm” by Fedor Berezin (Donetsk)

    “The stream of Russo-Ukrainian war literature published in Russia at the end of the 2000s—both speculative fiction and conspiracy-theory nonfiction—alarmed Ukrainian politician Arsen Avakov, then governor of the Kharkiv region and now Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs. In an emotional March 2009 post on the Ukrainska Pravda website titled, “Do the Russians want war?” Avakov suggested that the books were part of a deliberate Kremlin strategy to build up popular support for war against Ukraine by playing to Soviet nostalgia among older readers and ignorance among younger ones.” – Cathy Young



    Today, Kharkiv/Kharkov is often referred to as the “capital city” of Ukrainian Science fiction and Fantasy. It is the home to a number of popular writers, such as H. L. Oldie, Alexander Zorich, Andrey Dashkov, Yuri Nikitin and Andrey Valentinov; most of them write in Russian and are popular in both Russia and Ukraine. Annual science fiction convention “Star Bridge” (Звёздный мост) is held in Kharkiv since 1999.

    A large part of modern Russian SF&F is written in Ukraine, especially in its “sci-fi capital”, Kharkiv/Kharkov, home to H. L. Oldie, Alexander Zorich, Yuri Nikitin and Andrey Valentinov. Many others hail from Kiev, including Marina and Sergey Dyachenko and Vladimir Arenev. Belarussian authors, such as Olga Gromyko, Kirill Benediktov, Yuri Brayder and Nikolai Chadovich, also contributed to the genres. Some authors, namely Kamsha, Dyachenkos and Frei, were born in Ukraine and moved to Russia at some point.”

    ”Today, there is a significant number of authors from Ukraine who write in Russian. This is especially notable within science fiction and fantasy genres.

    Kharkiv is considered the “capital city” of Ukrainian sci-fi and fantasy, it is home to several popular Russophone Ukrainian writers, such as H. L. Oldie (pen name for Oleg Ladyzhensky and Dmitry Gromov), Alexander Zorich, Andrei Valentinov, and Yuri Nikitin.

    Science fiction convention Zvezdny Most (Russian for “Star Bridge”) is held in Kharkiv annually. Russophone Ukrainian writers also hail from Kiev, those include Marina and Sergey Dyachenko and Vladimir Arenev. Max Frei hails from Odessa, and Vera Kamsha was born in Lviv. Other Russophone Ukrainian writers of sci-fi and fantasy include Vladimir Vasilyev, Vladislav Rusanov, Alexander Mazin and Fyodor Berezin. RBG-Azimuth, Ukraine’s largest sci-fi and fantasy magazine, is published in Russian, as well as now defunct Realnost Fantastiki.”

    And the future ?

    Under the communist “Hammer&Sickle” !?!

    In Leningrad, in 2015 !?!

    Niet, tavarishchi, nevozmozhno ! 

    Enough is enough ! 


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