Taimyr was science fiction novels scene more than once

Taimyr was science fiction novels scene more than once

May 22, 2023

Many Soviet era science fiction novels were set in the Arctic in general and Taimyr in particular.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Arctic at the Soviet time was like space for the country: the main goal, and a reason for pride, and a unifying idea. Such famous science fiction writers as Alexander Belyaev, Alexander Kazantsev, Leonid Platov and Vladimir Obruchev wrote about it.

It is about this territory that one of the stories of academician Vladimir Obruchev, a geologist and geographer, the famous Plutonia and Sannikov Land author, tells.

Obruchev began the story Thermal Mine about the tundra transformation back in 1942. Its action took place near Norilsk, on lake Pyasino shores.

The characters decided to master an inexhaustible source of energy – the earth bowels warmth. To do this, it was necessary to drill a well two or three kilometers deep, put a boiler at the bottom, and supply a source of heat and energy – steam to the top.

“Humanity in due course, when it burns all the coal and oil reserves, all the forests and peat bogs, will inevitably be forced to extract heat from the Earth depths, if it does not want to freeze. And we will try to pave the way for it”, academician Obruchev argued his ideas.

Unfortunately, the story of the thermal mine in Taimyr remained unfinished. Otherwise, another film about Sannikov Land (a shot from this movie is in the main photo above) could be made here, not far from Norilsk.

By the way, the first film about Norilsk was released in 1945: the most difficult thing for the authors was to shoot a blizzard. In 1971, a film To Love a Man was partly filmed in our city. And in the 1980s, the Norilsk metallurgists appeared in another feature film.

In the last History spot issue we talked about print cotton balls that were held in Norilsk.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

May 22, 2023

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