If you think Russian Science Fiction is still stuck in the age or Soviet propaganda or, beyond that, only know Solaris, you’re in for a treat. Modern Russian Science Fiction is literate, beautiful and thoughtful in a way almost no American SciFi is these days (Even Star Trek has become the next “Need For Speed” sequel.) Meet 2009’s “Inhabited Island.”
It’s the year 2157. Maxim Kammerer (Stepanov), a space explorer from Earth, crash lands on an unknown planet. His ship is destroyed, and now he’s stuck there “like Robinson on an uninhabited island” (hence the title). Maxim encounters local military police, who don’t believe Maxim is alien and send him to mental hospital in the capital. Guy Gaal (Fyodorov), a corporal of the Guards, is assigned to escort Maxim.
Adapted by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko from the 1969 novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky of the same Russian name, published in English as Prisoners of Power; a part of Noon Universe series. It is a dystopian story set on post-apocalyptic planet Saraksh, ruled by totalitarian regime that brainwashes its citizens. Maxim Kammerer, a space explorer from Earth, crash lands on Saraksh and becomes involved in the planet’s ever-boiling politics.