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Friday, September 3, 2010

Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea

One of the most interesting Czech SF movies Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977) is a comedy about a group of terrorists who kidnap a time-travel module and attempt to help Adolf Hitler win the WW II. For details on the film see Closely Watched DVDs. Short intro (in Czech) is on YouTube.

The Man from the First Century

Poster for the Czech sf comedy Muž z prvního století (The Man from the First Century, 1962) by Jan Kubíček, 1961. The collage technique had been much used in the graphic design for science fiction in the 1960´s.

Friends from the Ophiuchus

Magazine cover illustration by Zdeněk Burian for a serialised novel Přátelé z Hadonoše (Friends from the Ophiuchus, 1956) by Vladimír Babula. The name of the magazine was Pionýr (Pioneer) named after the Czech communist youth organisation. According to the esthetic-ideological logic of that period, the girl running toward the aircraft wears the pioneer dress.

The Astronauts - Kosmokrator

The Astronauts is a first regular sf novel by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. Published in original in 1951, the Czech translation appeared five years later. It had been one of the first opportunities for Teodor Rotrekl (1923 - 2004) to illustrate a (science fiction) book. See the contrast between the futuristic shape of the rocket and 1950´s design of the contruction hall and the motor vehicles around.

Space rocket Pioneer, Czechoslovakia

Made by ZVS Dubnica.