In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

Look at the Russian cover for Robert Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land: It's like one of Caravaggio's Bible scenes: lurid, fiery, over-the-top and awesome. It should surprise nobody that Heinlein and Philip K. Dick were fantastically popular in the U.S.S.R., with their sharp social commentary and crazy plot devices. The Russian Science Fiction page (in English, luckily) has a bunch of Heinlein and Dick covers, and we have a gallery of our favorites below.

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

In Soviet Russia, Space Opera Really Was Operatic

Top image from Mark Bult. [Russian Science Fiction]