Ben Bova predicted Sputnik in 1949, but no publisher would touch his…

Often, when science fiction novels get rejected, there's some political shenanigans at work. Take case of Ben Bova, whose first novel correctly predicted that the Soviet Union would beat the United States into space — and publishers wouldn't handle it. » 10/19/10 5:07pm 10/19/10 5:07pm

Happy 50th Birthday to Sputnik 5, Proof That Space Travel Is Survivable…

Fifty years ago today, the Soviet Union launched the Korabl-Sputnik 2 spacecraft—known as Sputnik 5 in the west—carrying two dogs named Belka and Strelka, along with mice, rats and flies into space. More surprising? Everyone came back alive. » 8/19/10 9:55am 8/19/10 9:55am

Science Fiction Has Been "Dying" For A Long Time

Tired of people claiming science fiction is dead because real life has "caught up" with it? They've been saying that since Sputnik, points out Dave Truesdale over at Asimov's, responding to Neal Asher's rant about doomsayers who pronounce SF dead. » 12/28/09 11:02am 12/28/09 11:02am

Soviets Lost Cold War, Won Pulp Scifi Sweepstakes

In the heady days before Sputnik, the Soviet Union was bursting with enthusiasm for space travel and the conquest of big-headed aliens with tentacles coming off their faces. Dark Roasted Blend has posted a gallery of pulpy Soviet scifi art that's full of speed lines, light rays, spaceships, giant robots and killer… » 5/06/08 12:26pm 5/06/08 12:26pm

The Cartoon that Introduced Sputnik to America, 1957

I love the industrial animation used in this newsreel introducing Americans to Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, launched by the Soviets on October 4, 1957. Despite fears of red space supremacy, Americans immediately started eating sputnikburgers and talking about pupniks (Sputnik II carried a dog into space),… » 4/30/08 12:30pm 4/30/08 12:30pm

Blast Off With The Spotnicks


Sweden, 1961. Entertainment history is made when, in tribute to the satellite launched by the USSR four years earlier, an obscure rock 'n' roll group changes its name to The Spotnicks and starts wearing spacesuits onstage. Fame, fortune, and number one hits in Australia and Japan soon follow. Here, in 1962, the… » 1/02/08 12:40pm 1/02/08 12:40pm