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Cover of Der Purpurne Planet

Added: 2010

Condition: good
DER PURPURNE PLANET
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ORIGINAL TITLE:


       same
© 1971

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AUTHOR(S):

       TUSCHEL, Karl-Heinz
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PUBLISHER:

       VERLAG NEUES LEBEN BERLIN

ISBN: none, Lizenz Nr. 303 (305/254/86)
YEAR: 1986 (5th printing)
FORMAT: hardcover
LANGUAGE: german
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TRANSLATOR(S):


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COVER ILLUSTRATION:

       Werner Ruhner
Content

Der Purpurne Planet (The Purple Planet) is a very intersting exercise in communist (or at least East German) propaganda. It is not so much about a rescue journey to an earth like planet in the system of Proxima Centauri, where a terraforming outfit ceased to communicate with earth.

Even if it contains the interesting twist that the rescue journey can travel faster and the crew spends time in a controlled death state, which results in a meeting of father and son, who are now of the same age, this book is more about beating home the idea of the collective, the system of the "plan" and the idea that everything you do should serve the people back home.

Science Fiction books from other countries might just be as propagandistic, but a "foreign" form of propaganda is always easier to spot.

The book has been illustrated by Werner Ruhner, and you can see some of the black/purple inside illustrations over at the fantastic Sci-Fi-O-Rama (link).

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