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Ballad of the Stars (1982) [Collection]
by Henrik Altov Valentina Zhuravleva Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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  • A scientist faces a heartbreaking decision: after twenty years preparing an experiment to allow faster-than-light travel, he must now choose between his experiment and the lives of three men.
  • A futurologist struggles with the problem of increasingly rapid technological obsolescence - and finds his solutions in a toy.
  • A young psychologist teaches her friend to solve scientific problems through the methodology of Ultraimagination, and gives carte blanche to a young inventor to build a machine, the purpose of which must be determined solely by observation and intuition.

    Seven different stories, from two of the former Soviet Union's best-known writers, that probe the most difficult and rewarding explorations: the mind's leap into the unknown in search of new theoretical discoveries. Science itself is the main subject of these stories - man's interaction with science, his pursuit of it, and his endless fascination with it. The authors lead us through the common yet alien terrain of the human mind to tell us as much about who and what we are as about where we are headed. These are the innovative and poetic tales that created a whole new genre of science fiction - far reaching, visionary fantasy.

    Genrich Altshuller, writing as G. Altov, worked on these stories with Valentina Zhuravlyova while developing the fundamental framework of his magnum opus TRIZ (The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving). In addition to their power as stories, they also stand as illuminating teachings in TRIZ philosophy and methodology.


    • The Star River Test by Genrikh Altov
    • The Donkey Axiom by Genrikh Altov
    • The Star Captain Legends by Genrikh Altov
    • Snow Bridge Over the Abyss by Valentina Zhuravlyova
    • Adventure by Valentina Zhuravlyova
    • To Continue Beyond by Valentina Zhuravlyova
    • Ballad of the Stars by Genrikh Altov and Valentina Zhuravlyova
  • Original title: Ballad of the Stars
    Original languages: Russian


    Genre: FictionScience Fiction

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    Edition #1: Ballad of the Stars

    Ballad of the Stars (1982)
    Edition Details:

    Language: English

    Translated by: Roger DeGaris
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    Ballad of the Stars (1982)

    Place of publication: New York
    Publisher: Macmillan
    ISBN: 0025017403
    Pages: 280

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