Science fiction writer arrives in Yekaterinburg
As part of the festival, Swanwick traveled to the Urals Writers Museum in order to visit the museum's Virtual Science Fiction Hall. The writer was well received by his Russian fans and peers.
The Aelita festival is held every year in Yetakerinburg and is host to famous science fiction authors from around the world. The festival is named after one of the first science-fiction films ever produced. "Aelita, Queen of Mars," was a silent film directed by film-maker Yakov Protazanov. The film premiered in the Soviet Union in 1924 and tells the tale of a young man traveling to Mars in a rocket ship. Once on Mars, he leads an uprising against an oppressive group of ruling elders. In his struggle he is supported by Queen Aelita, who fell in love with him after watching him through her telescope.
As part of the Aelita festival, writers will have the opportunity to take part in meetings and forums designed to increase dialogue between science fiction fans and contributors. Included in the sessions are a conference on contemporary science fiction images and technologies, a young authors' workshop, and a roundtable on electronic publishers' problems.
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