Cristian Tudor Popescu

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Cristian Tudor Popescu
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Born (1956-10-01) October 1, 1956 (age 61)
Bucharest, Romania
Nationality Romanian
Occupation Journalist

Cristian Tudor Popescu (Romanian pronunciation: [kristiˈan ˈtudor poˈpesku]; often referred to as CTP; born October 1, 1956) is a Romanian journalist, essayist and short-story writer. Author of science fiction stories during his youth, he also hosted talk shows for various television stations, and had contributions as a literary critic and translator. Popescu was the editor-in-chief of Adevărul, and, in 2005, he founded the newspaper Gândul in association with Mircea Dinescu. He was also the president of the Romanian Press Club until November 2006, when he resigned his office over an issue regarding the representation of journalists in the Club. He was re-elected president on February 10, 2007.[1] Based on opinion polls, he was designated Romania's best journalist four years in a row 2005–2008.[2]


A native of Bucharest, he graduated Politehnica University in 1981, majoring in Computer Science. Popescu began writing fiction during the communist regime, focusing on his journalistic career after the Romanian Revolution of 1989. His first publication was 1984 in the Echinox literary magazine of Cluj-Napoca with the SF story Grădina de cenușă ("The Ash Garden"). Popescu's work was subsequently featured in most SF anthologies, almanacs and magazines before 1990, and he was twice a laureate of the ROMCON Awards (1985, 1986). He received the Eurocon Award for the collection of short stories Planetarium.

After 1990, he confined his SF activity to translating and editing the works of others. Popescu translated Stanisław Lem's novels Manuscript Found in a Bathtub, Return from the Stars, as well as Norman Spinrad's Bug Jack Barron (in collaboration with Dan Mihai Pavelescu). As an editor of SF literature, he published Dănuț Ungureanu's novel Marilyn Monroe on a Closed Curve (1993), Dan Merișca's Revolt in Labyrinth (1996), and the SF anthology The Empire of the Crooked Mirrors (1993).

Between 1990 and 2005, Popescu was the editor-in-chief of Adevărul newspaper. In disagreement with the management, he and 81 journalists resigned from the paper and, together with Mircea Dinescu, started their own publication, Gândul, however Mircea Dinescu resigned in January 2008.

Together with Emil Hurezeanu he was also a co-host of the TV two-man political talk show Cap și Pajură (Heads and Tails) broadcast on Realitatea TV.[3]

Cristian Tudor Popescu is a filmologist, Ph.D. in cinematography of the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art I. L. Caragiale, Bucharest, where he is teaching a course on Manipulation and Propaganda Techniques in Movie and Television.[4]

Since 2006, Cristian Tudor Popescu is the host of the TV show CineTePrinde, broadcast each Saturday, starting from 10 pm, on Pro Cinema, where he comments a movie, which is given afterwards, from a critical point of view. He is member of UCIN and Writers' Union of Romania.

A fact that has become widely known in the last years is that CTP is an accomplished tennis player having won numerous national tournaments in the 55+ senior category competing against as many as 140 contestants at an event.[5]

Published volumes[edit]

1998, second edition, Polirom

  • 1993-- The Empire of Crooked Mirrors, Adevarul Society, anthology of science-fiction literature
  • 1997-- The Children of the Beast (DU Style)

1998, second edition, Polirom

  • 1998-- Dead Time, Polirom
  • 2000-- Omohom-Speculative Fictions, Polirom
  • 2000-- Romania, transfer picture, Polirom
  • 2001-- A Corpse Filled Up with Newspapers, Polirom
  • 2004-- The Romanian Nobel, Polirom
  • 2004-- Mind's Sport, Polirom
  • 2004-- The Freedom of Hatred, Polirom
  • 2005-- The Shakespeare Trigram- Speculative Fictions
  • 2005-- Orgasmus comunistas
  • 2007-- The Luxury of Death, Polirom
  • 2009-- Scattered Words, Polirom
  • 2011-- The Deaf Movie in a Silent Romania. Politics and Propaganda in the Romanian Fiction Movie (1912–1989), Polirom
  • 2013-- Filmar, Polirom


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