List of works, with short annotations and awards

List of works,
with short annotations and awards

Trilogies

 

A Lord from the Planet Earth
[Lord s planety Zemlja]

  1. A Princess is worth dying for (1992)
    [Printsessa stoit smerti]
    Space opera. A young hooligan Serge quite suddenly becomes a valiant knight and a nominal to a princess from planet Tahr and -naturally -saved her from the Bad Guys.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (100 Kb)
  2. The planet which does not exist (1992)
    [Planeta, kotoroj net]
    Space opera quest. Serge tries to find Earth before religious fanatics destroy it.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (157 Kb)
  3. Sea of glass (1992)
    [Stekljannoye more]
    Now, Serge gets into the remote future of Earth and gets involved into a major conflict of humans with a non-humanoid civilization.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (183 Kb)

 

Island of Russia
[Ostrov Russ]

(In co-authorship with July Burkin (a bard and SF&F writer -
"Shards of the Sky: history of The Beatles" (in collaboration with Konstantin Fadeev);
"A Butterfly and the Basilisk", "Flowers that will grow on our ashes", etc.)

  1. Today, Mom! (May - June 1993)
    [Segodnja, mama!]
    Parody SF thriller. Two kids get into the future and into the past, travel to Venus and ancient Egypt, enjoy space-time paradoxes and encounter all kinds of strange people and other creatures. By the way, do you know why the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats?...
    File with book in text format, in Russian (101 Kb)
  2. Island of Russia (December 1993 - January 1994)
    [Ostrov Russ]
    Parody... er, folk saga. In the distant future nostalgic romantics "re-create" the Holy Mother Russ of the Russian folklore, complete with bogatyrs (warriors), Prince Vladimir the Sun, evil King Koschey the Deathless, and etc. Yet, since our descendants lack knowledge of exact historical details, the set looks somewhat strange, and the crazy plot suspiciously smells of the Three Musketeers - and lots of other well- (or ill-) known stories.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (167 Kb)
  3. Tsar, Tsarevich, King and Prince (May-November 1994)
    [Tsar, tsarevich, korolj, korolevich]
    The two previous stories knit into one parody detective - Mr. Sherlock Holmes (and no less!) helps the people from the 25th century to find two boys kidnapped by Koschey the Deathless in the Imagined Worlds like those created by Mark Twain, Professor Tolkien and Russain writer Krapivin; meanwhile, one boy gets magically turned into a Musca Domestica, or a house-fly, while his brother makes his way to the throne of the Dictator of Earth.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (190 Kb)
  4. Commenting of the writers (November 1994)
    [Pojasnenija avtorov]
    File with book in text format, in Russian (30 Kb)

 

Line of Reveries
[Linija Gryoz]

  • "Rumata's Sword" award for the best heroic-romantic fantasy and science fiction, ("Strannik" ("Wanderer") convenion, St.Petersburg Ц 1997
  1. Shadows of Dreams (1998)
    [Teni snov]
    Prequel, written after the two other parts. This story (not a novel) is set on a patriarchal planet which becomes suddenly involved into a conflict with long-missed battleship of a race defeated by humans in an interstellar war.
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian
  2. Line of Reveries (1995)
    [Linija Gryoz]
    The novel - technically, a space opera / quest, - describes a long and painful voyage of a boy and his bodyguard to a place where this Universe was created. This is a world where you can buy your personal immortality, where the human race practically dominates over all other sentient life, where old benevolent Emperor rules the human Galaxy... but is this world real?.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (259 Kb)
  3. Emperors of Illusions (June-September 1995)
    [Stekljannoye more]
    The almost omnipotent company aTan (from Greek "Thanatos" - Death, with a negative prefix), decides to offer a new boon to the humanity. With the company's new product, the "Line of Reveries", anybody can buy himself a very own universe where his wishes will come true. Yet, this could be the end of the human kind... perhaps.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (195 Kb)

 

Labyrinth of Reflections
(cyber-fantasy)
[Labirint otrazhenij]

  1. Labyrinth of Reflections (April-October 1996)
    [Labirint otrazhenij]
    This book immediately became a cult book for the Russian web dwellers. In this book we encounter the world of the nearest future, where the Internet technologies, coupled with a "deep-program", produced the internationally shared virtual world - the Deeptown. Of its population , the most mysterious are the Divers, who can at will resist the deep-program and see not only the display picture as it is (where everyone sees an illusion of a very real world) but also programs with all their "holes" as images, and do things which the best hackers could never dream of.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (269 Kb)
    • "Big Zilant" award of the Kazan festival of the SF&F and role play games "Zilant", 1998
  2. False Mirrors (September-December 1998)
    [Falshiviye Zerkala]
    Sequel to the "Labyrinth of Reflections". The Divers are now out of business - nobody knows why. The virtual life becomes almost as important as the real one, and a weapon which can kill a real person in a real world from the virtual one, through the computer net, threatens the new economy and the new culture. To oppose this threat, it is vital to find a certain letter, carefully hidden where no one but a Diver can find it...
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian
    File with book in text format, in Russian (302 Kb)
    • Second prize in the "series and sequels" nomination of 1999 ("Zvyozdniy Most" ("Stellar Bridge") convention, Kharkov, Ukraine)
    • "Interpresscon" award for the best novel ("Interpresscon" convention, St.Petersburg, 2000)
  3. Transparent Stained Glass Windows (2000)
    [Prozrachnye Vitrazhi]
    A web novel, written with feedback from the readers (published in the oZon.ru) and dealing with the virtual world several years after the events described in the "False Mirrors". The State decides to cultivate its own Divers, and as usual, the system does not hesitate to use not quite moral means
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian
 

Dilogies

 

Knights of the Forty Islands
(science fantasy thriller)
[Rytsary Soroka Ostrovov]

  1. Knights of the Forty Islands (April 1988 - August 1990)
    [Rytsary Soroka Ostrovov]
    Children disappear in our world, just to find themselves in the macabre and militant Forty Islands, where they are made to fight in vain hope to win a ticket home.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (165 Kb)
    • "Rumata's Sword" award for the best heroic-romantic fantasy and science fiction of 1995, "Sibcon" (Krasnoyarsk)
  2. Wars of the Forty Islands (1993, unfinished)
    [Vojny Soroka Ostrovov]
    With the artificial world of the Forty Islands destroyed by the heroes of the first book, the children settle the world outside the giant cupola, and centuries later there is a feudal society, only it is quite special in many ways...
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian [text selection]

 

Stars are Cold Playthings
(science fiction)
[Zvjozdy Ц kholodnye igrushki]

  1. Stars are Cold Playthings (April-December 1996)
    [Zvjozdy Ц kholodnye igrushki]
    It's almost our time. The mankind is accepted as a member to the Conclave of the Worlds - but only as a Junior Race, serving the Senior Races as interstellar truck-drivers. By a strange caprice of the nature, we are the only race which can survive a sub-space Jump, and human Space Shuttles, Burans and Spirals with quite simple jumpers can go where giant alien cruisers cannot. Earth is now a galactic Third-World-world, polluted, exploited and cheated in interstellar trade, as are other Junior Races. The Junior Races, not happy with the order of things, make a plot against their masters, and in the course of the conspiracy a young Russian pilot Pyotr makes contact with Geometers, a new race, possibly dangerous for the Conclave....
    File with book in text format, in Russian (294 Kb)
  2. Sidereal Shadow (1997)
    [Zvjozdnaja Tenj]
    he Geometers prove to be a friendly race - far too friendly, in fact. They pose a threat not only for the Conclave but for the Earth, too. On the other hand, the Geometers themselves are runaways from a strange civilization of the Shadow, and Pyotr now has to investigate this new force in order to save Earth from the certain destruction
    File with book in text format, in Russian (280 Kb)

 

Night Patrol
(mystical thriller)
[Nochnoj Dozor]

  1. Night Patrol (January - August 1998)
    [Nochnoj Dozor]
    When you walk a familiar street, you can be attacked. By a vampire. A licensed vampire. Well, if the creature has no license, it will be stopped by the Night Patrol - perhaps. The Night Patrol is a police of the Bright Otherers. (An Otherer is a human - (or is he... it?) with powers traditionally described as magical). The Night Patrol enforces the Treaty of the Bright and the Dark Otherers... and so does the Day Patrol (naturally, it is the police of the Dark Otherers). Werewolves, werebears, weretigers and even wereiguanas are real, so are witches, wizards, vampires, necromancers and other fairy-tale characters, only they look just like the man next door, in fact, they ARE the people next door. The Dark Otherers and the Bright ones are in the endless fight, yet this is not the good guys vs. the bad guys. Just Otherers against Otherers....
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian
    File with book in text format, in Russian (300 Kb)
    • "Strannik" ("Wanderer") award for the best novel of 1999 ("Strannik" ("Wanderer") convention, St.Petersburg)
    • Second prize in the "Novels" nomination ("Zvyozdniy Most" ("Stellar Bridge") convention, Kharkov, Ukraine, 1999)
  2. Day Patrol (January - August 1999)
    [Dnevnoj Dozor]
    (In co-authorship with Vladimir "Boxa" Vasilyev (a bard and SF&F writer ("Shandallar", "Hunt for the wild trucks", "The Technician of the Greater Kiev", "Hearts and Motors", "Win or Die", and etc.))
    Sequel to the "Night Patrol". The new intrigues of the two Patrols, the inquest of the Inquisition (the Otherers' "inner police" controlling both Patrols), and strange events which could lead to great changes for us humans, are now set not only in Moscow but also in the Crimea and in Prague
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian
    File with book in text format, in Russian (300 Kb)
    • First prize (shared with Vladimir "Boxa" Vasilyev) in the "series and sequels" nomination of 2000 ("Zvyozdniy Most" ("Stellar Bridge") convention, Kharkov, Ukraine)
    • "Gold RosCon" award (shared with Vladimir "Boxa" Vasilyev) for the best book of 2000 ("RosCon" convention, Moscow, Russia)

 

Cold Coasts
(Fantasy quest with something to think about)
[Kholodnye Berega]

  1. Cold Coasts (August - November 1997)
    [Kholodnye Berega]
    In this world Jesus has not come to us - instead, there was the God's Stepson with his magic Word (sorcery, not Logos). Besides, iron in this word is more rare and precious than gold, with inevitable consequences to the technology, economy and etc. The mighty Power, heir to the Roman Empire, shares the world with China, Russian Khandom, Ottoman Sultanate and a dozen or so of small countries. This world seems more placid and in a way more comfortable than ours, and it seems very stable and unwilling to change. But one day Markus, a bastard prince of the Ruling House discovers an ancient book which could change the world, for better or worse....
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian
    File with book in text format, in Russian (280 Kb)
  2. The Dawn is Near (September 1999 - August 2000)
    [Blizitsja utro]
    Ex-gravedigger Ilmar, ex-cop Arnold (wittingly adorned with German accent, big muscles and the inevitable "hasta la vista" and "I shall be back"), ex-nun, ex-pilotess (they fly planers there, not planes), ex-jailer, ex-bishop... twelve companions of the fugitive Prince Marcus, all in all... have to decide, whether Markus is a long waited for Messiah, or an equally long-expected Tempter; they have to decide it quick, because the strange boy is being hunted by the police and the church, by foreign spies and every loyal citizen...
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian [text selection]
    File with book in text format, in Russian (70 Kb) [text selection]
 

Novels

 
  • A Boy and the Darkness (1994) - fantasy tale
    [Malchik i Tjma]
    A boy, accompanied by a magical Sun Kitten, gets into a strange world of eternal darkness, where the people has long ago sold their daylight to the Traders (who trade in anything and everything), and now they have to fight the winged creatures of the Darkness.
    File with book in HTML format, in English [text selection]
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian
    File with book in text format, in Russian (140 Kb)

     
  • Autumn Visits (October 1995 - April 1996) - mystical thriller
    [Osennie vizity]
    From time to time, an unknown force creates several duplicates of real people and makes them fight each other, to determine the future of the humankind. Each "visitor" represents one of the main tendencies existing at the moment, and the winner's attitude to the world will prevail among the people, thus helping to realize his idea of the future. This time, the battle shall be fought in Russia of the mid-nineties. An old, dying philosopher, a schoolboy, an army officer, a popular fantasy writer, a medical nurse and an influential politician and their duplicates (plus a hired killer, sent in by the destructive Darkness) are to fight, and the one who remains alive, wins.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (335 Kb)
    • "Sigma-F" Ц award of the 1st Moscow SF&F Forum (1998)

     
  • Wrong Time for Dragons (December 1996 - July 1997) - fantasy
    [Ne vremja dlja drakonov]
    (In co-authorship with Nick Perumov ("The Sword of Diamond, the Sword of Wood", "Downfall of the Gods", "The Elven Spear", and etc.))
    An ordinary Muscovite meets an extraordinary girl who takes him into a strange world, divided among powerful Elemental Clans (of Water, Fire, Air and Earth), where wizards, elves (mostly not unlike nomadic Gypsies), gnomes (respected and a little feared fro knowledge of steam, electricity and ironworks, masters of The Railway) and people live together. The protagonist has to recover the powers of his ancestors - the half-forgotten lords of this world... and to do it quick, before the nearing invasion from yet another world, the third one in the creation.
    File with book in text format, in Russian (97 Kb) [text selection]
     
  • The Genome (1999) - a SF detective / space opera
    [Genom]
    Many years from now, the human race, divided into the Speci - genetically modified specialists, speci-pilots, speci-medics, speci-soldiers and even speci-janitors) and the Naturals - is on the brink of war with an alien race, and this war can only be prevented if humans manage to detect and punish the assassinator of an alien "princess" killed during her tourist voyage to the human planets.
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian [text selection]
    File with book in text format, in Russian (140 Kb) [text selection]

     
  • Dances on the Snow (to be finished in 2000) - SF thriller
    [Tantsy na snegu]
    A boy whose parents chose euthanasia so that the son can live on, emigrates from his gloomy homeword, joining an interstellar trader as a human computing device. He manages to terminate his practically lifelong contract, survive a strange occupation of his new homeword, and joins the Knights of Avalon - a kind of secret service guarding the human race as a whole. The action unwraps in the same world as in the "Genome" but about a century earlier.
    File with book in HTML format, in Russian [text selection]
     

Stories

 
  • The Nuclear Dream (1992) - Dark Future quest, set in a post-nuclear world
    [Atomnyj son]
    File with book in text format, in Russian (60 Kb)
    • "Start" award for the best debut of a young author ("Aelita" convention, Yekaterinburg, 1993) Ц for the collection of stories and short stories "Nuclear Dream"
       
  • The Eighth Colour of the Rainbow (1992) - fantasy tale
    [Vosjmoj tsvet radugi]
    File with book in text format, in Russian (40 Kb)
    • "Start" award for the best debut of a young author ("Aelita" convention, Yekaterinburg, 1993) Ц for the collection of stories and short stories "Nuclear Dream"
       
  • A Week of Bad Luck (1996)
    [Nedelja neudach]
    A humorous story written for "The Worlds of the Strugatsky Brothers - the time of the disciples" project, as a sequel to the famous "Monday was Saturday" by Arcady and Boris Strugatsky
    File with book in text format, in Russian (53 Kb)
     
  • Yellow ships' Haven (1990) - fantasy tale
    [Pristanj zholtikh korablej]
    File with book in text format, in Russian (65 Kb)
     
  • The Thirteenth Town (1990) - fantasy tale
    [Trinadtsatyj gorod]
    File with book in text format, in Russian (65 Kb)
     
  • A Princess is worth dying for (1992)
    [Printsessa stoit smerti]
    Fantasy version - exists only as manuscript... somewhere. Dragons instead of dragons, magic instead of technology.
     
  • Dances on the Snow (2000)
    [Tantsy na snegu]
    Short version of the novel "Dances on the Snow"
     
  • Faraway Coasts (1998)
    [Daljokie berega]
    Short (magazine) version of the novel "Cold Coasts".
     

Series of short stories

 
  • The Beautiful Time to Come (1990 - 1999)
    [Prekrasnoe Daljoko]
    Stories about a brave new world - a beautiful new world. Poverty is long forgotten, nature is successfully preserved, no ecological disasters, children enjoy full citizenship when they can prove their independence, there are no wars (at least on Earth, and local rebellions are dealt with "antibiotics" - brave commandoes), scientists develop new, useful mutations... Yet, this future does not seem very much like a dreamworld.
     
     

Short stories

 

Synonyms

  • Postponed Revenge [Otlozhennoe vozmezdie] = Nuclear Dream [Atomnyj son] (story)
  • A Boy and the Darkness [Malchik I Tjma] = A Door into the Darkness [Dverj vo Tjmu] = Sun Kitten [Solnechnyj Kotjonok] (novel)
  • A Week of Bad Luck [Nedelja neudach] = Et Omnia Temporal Fuss [Vremennaja sueta] (story)
  • The Unique Chance [Edinstvennyj shans] = The Last Chance [Poslednij shans] (short story)
  • Imitator [Imitator] = H is for Humans ["L" Ц znachit "ljudi"]] (short story)
  • The Choice [Vybor] = The Captain [Kapitan] (short story)

 





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