Kir Bulychev is the creator of popular works in the fantasy genre. Today, admirers of the venerable man of letters do not cease to be amazed at his perspicacity. Bulychev’s books are striking in their breadth of vision and foresight.
Childhood and youth
Kir Bulychev is a made-up writer pseudonym. Real name – Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko. The future writer was born on October 18, 1934 in the city of Moscow. The boy’s dad – Vsevolod Nikolaevich Mozheyko – comes from a noble family, left his home in his youth and began to live independently.
Maria Mikhailovna Bulycheva – the mother of the author – an employee of the pencil factory. She was brought up in the family of an officer and before the events of 1917 she studied at the Smolny Institute of noble maidens. After the coup, she filed documents with the Institute of Motor Vehicles.
Bulychev’s parents got married in 1925. As soon as the boy was five years old, the family broke up. Mom soon married a scientist and chemist Jacob Isaakovich Bokinin. Soon the boy was presented with a sister Natalia. Yakov Isaakovich during the terrible war went to the front and died in 1945.
In 1957, the young man received a diploma from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages and went to work as a translator in Burma. A couple of years later he returned to Moscow and began studying the culture of the countries of the East at the Academy of Sciences. After graduation, he remained at the Academy to teach the history of Burma.
The biography of Igor Vsevolodovich is famous for his achievements in science. He received a Ph.D. in 1965, and in 1981 a Doctor of History. Among scientists, he became famous for his works on the history of Southeast Asia.
In addition to his work at the Academy, he wrote notes and other publications for the magazines Around the World and Asia and Africa Today. In 1961, Bulychev published a short story “Maung Joe will live.” This was the author’s debut work on fiction. Four years later, he created a new story, “The Duty of Hospitality,” but in a fantastic genre. Creative work was released under the fictitious name of Maun Sein Ji.
However, in subsequent writings, the author was referred to as Kirill Bulychev. In a working address, he combined the name of the spouse with the maiden name of the mother. Bulychev used pseudonyms because writing could negatively affect the main work. Then this kind of activity was considered a frivolous occupation. The author’s creations were loved by readers. Soon stories and tales turned into separate books.
The editions brought success to Kira Bulychev, but readers were imbued with endless love for the adventures of Alisa Seleneva. A girl from Earth constantly fell into trouble, but coped with difficulties with the help of ingenuity and friends. Other heroes also appeared in books about the young researcher, but more often the girl traveled with her father Igor Seleznev and a friend of Pope Gromozeka.
In 1985, he released a short story from a series about Alice’s “Fairy Tales Reserve”. In the work, the writer departed from the usual canons and sent the heroine not to an alien planet, but to a fairy-tale world. Films were shot on the plots of books about a young girl.
In 1977, the film “Guest from the Future” was released on Soviet screens. The picture, developed according to the plot of the story “One Hundred Years Ahead,” was a success. On the screen, the girl was embodied by Natalya Guseva and Ekaterina Prizhbilyak. Igor Vsevolodovich wrote the final story about the adventures of the young space explorer in 2003. As a result, the daughter of the archaeologist devoted 52 writings.
In 1982, science fiction was awarded the USSR State Prize for the script for the film “Through thorns to the stars” and the animated film “The Secret of the Third Planet.” As a result, the real name of Cyrus Bulychev was found out, but they did not get fired from the institute of literary critic.
A number of works on the “Great Guslar” became the second most recognizable. The cycle incorporated humorous stories and stories about the inhabitants of the fictional city of Great Guslyar. The characters of the town appeared in a large number of literary works. A feature of the series was that the books did not provide for the protagonist. The introductory story was called “Personal Relations”. At the beginning of the XXI century, Kir Bulychev made a statement that he had completed the series because the plot had exhausted itself.
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The female character who remains one of the most recognizable is Cora Orvat, who works as an agent of the Intergalactic Police. In a sense, Cora is Alice in adulthood. In subsequent works there was an intersection of heroines.