A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood by Nikolai Krementsov

By Nikolai Krementsov

Much like Vladimir Lenin, his onetime rival for the management of the Bolshevik occasion in the course of its adolescence, Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928) used to be a visionary. In technological know-how fiction novels set on Mars, Bogdanov imagined a destiny within which the staff of the realm, liberated from capitalist exploitation, create a “physiological collective” that rejuvenates and unites its contributors via general blood exchanges. yet Bogdanov used to be no longer purely a dreamer. He labored tirelessly to popularize and notice his imaginative and prescient, founding the 1st study institute dedicated to the technology of blood transfusion.


In A Martian Stranded on Earth, the 1st broad-based booklet on Bogdanov in English, Nikolai Krementsov examines Bogdanov’s roles as progressive, novelist, and scientist, providing his protagonist as a coherent philosopher who pursued his rules in quite a lot of venues. throughout the lens of Bogdanov’s involvement with blood reviews on one hand, and of his fictional and philosophical writings at the different, Krementsov deals a nuanced research of the interactions among medical principles and societal values. 


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The dissertation presented results of Sutugin’s experiments on dogs with transfusions of blood kept in cold storage for up to seven days, comparing the effects of transfusing “whole blood” and “blood serum” (Sutugin 1865). In the 1870s, physicians in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, and other university centers continued animal experimentation and occasionally performed transfusions of both human and animal blood to their patients. 5 For the next quarter century, blood transfusions in Russia were almost completely abandoned.

1 Very early on, the boy demonstrated a remarkable aptitude for learning. Despite the family’s strained financial situation (Alexander had Chapter 3 X 34 X five siblings), at the age of thirteen, he was sent—on a state stipend—to a classical gymnasium in Tula, a large industrial center south of Moscow. Upon graduation from the gymnasium with the highest honors—a gold medal—in the fall of 1892, he enrolled in the Moscow University School of Natural Sciences. Alexander was interested in mathematics, physics, and biology, but he was unable to complete his studies.

15 It is unclear from available materials why Bogdanov did not submit Basic Elements as his dissertation. Perhaps Zelenogorskii’s retirement from Kharkov University in the spring of 1899 (exactly at the time when Bogdanov completed his tract) played a role. More likely, Bogdanov’s revolutionary work interfered with his philosophical pursuits. In November 1899, Bogdanov was again arrested for spreading revolutionary propaganda among workers. After several months in prison, he was exiled to Kaluga, a provincial town not far from Tula.

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