Colecţia de Povestiri Ştiinţifico-Fantastice

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Colecția de Povestiri Ştiinţifico-Fantastice (Romanian pronunciation: [koˈlekt͡si.a de povesˈtirʲ ʃti.inˈt͡sifiko fanˈtastit͡ʃe], "The Science Fiction Stories Collection", commonly CPSF) is a Romanian science fiction supplement, founded by writer Adrian Rogoz and published by the popular science weekly Ştiinţă şi Tehnică. It was one of the leading venues for the Romanian science fiction genre under the communist regime. The first series was published between October 1, 1955 and April 1974; the review was reestablished in 1990, after the 1989 Revolution, originally as a common venture with the Anticipaţia almanac (itself in print from 1982 to 1999). It is currently published as a standalone magazine.

History[edit]

Colecţia... was established following a nation-wide competition for "the best science fiction story", aimed at young Romanian writers. Launched by Ştiinţă şi Tehnică, it had among its winners Adrian Rogoz, who was subsequently asked to take over as editor of the bi-monthly collection.[1] As a result, Romania was the first and for long only Eastern European (Eastern Bloc) country to have a specialized science fiction publication.[1]

The collection published 466 consecutive issues, generally structured around a long, serialized, story and a shorter one.[1] Beginning in the 1960s, it spearheaded the science fiction club phenomenon, promoted by Rogoz and fellow writer Ion Hobana.[1] The collection itself was deemed "extraordinary popular" by author Mihai Iovănel, in a 2008 article for Gândul; however, Iovănel also argued that, through the early contributions of various writers (Radu Nor, I. M. Ştefan etc.), CPSF was a mild propaganda outlet for Marxism-Leninism and the Soviet Union (see Russian science fiction and fantasy, Soviet occupation of Romania, Socialist realism in Romania).[2] The same writer notes that Romanian science fiction in general and Colecţia... in particular only emancipated themselves from such pressures late in the 1960s, partly through the science fantasy works of Rogoz, Vladimir Colin, Sergiu Fărcăşan and several others.[2]

Relaunched in 1990 by author Mihai Dan Pavelescu, Colecţia... merged with Anticipaţia and was for a while known as CPSF Anticipaţia. Pavelescu quit his position by the end of the decade, and the magazine, again restructured, experienced changes in direction, financial difficulties, and, allegedly, controversy over who owned its trademark.[3] Writer Aurel Cărăşel eventually took over as Colecţia... editor and moved its headquarters from Bucharest to Craiova, but, according to science fiction reviewer Michael Hăulică, there was little connection between the two series, Cărăşel's being unremarkable.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mike Ashley, Gateways to Forever: the Story of the Science-fiction Magazines from 1970 to 1980, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2007, p.409. ISBN 978-1-84631-003-4
  2. ^ a b (Romanian) Mihai Iovănel, "Pe fundaţia SF-ului românesc este ştanţat logo-ul URSS", in Gândul, February 16, 2008
  3. ^ a b (Romanian) Michael Hăulică, "...azi o vedem şi nu e!", in Observator Cultural, Nr. 334, August 2006
  4. ^ (Romanian) Michael Hăulică, "Fantasy & Science Fiction. Şapte dintr-o lovitură", in Observator Cultural, Nr. 402, December 2007

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