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12 Futuristic Sci-Fi Vehicles on Soviet Science Magazine Covers

Futuristic Sci-Fi Vehicles on Soviet Science Magazine Covers

Posted on January 4, 2015 by tim


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In Soviet Russia there was a magazine called “Technica Molodezh” which is translated as something like “Technology of the Youth”. And sometimes this magazine’s cover featured the vehicles that would possibly be roaming our Earth in the near future.

Some of them are pretty interesting, and basically all were wrong in predicting how the technology would look now, but still we can browse them here:

The edition of December 1938 featured a multi propeller dirigible as a possible vehicle of the future.

This magazine of January and February 1945 featured a picture of the “world after the war”. Later that year, World War 2 was over and editors were already dreaming of the brave new world. Most of the technology of course looks unreal – like this iron shaped double decker Soviet train-tram on the street or the spider looking red car, but the guy on what looks like electric roller skates seems pretty much correct for the year 2015 – I bet your city or town also has some new enthusiasts of electric means of transportation who own similar devices – either electric remotely controlled skateboard or scooter. It is still unclear why is he wearing something looking like a space suit, though.

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12 Responses to “Futuristic Sci-Fi Vehicles on Soviet Science Magazine Covers”

  1. jh says:

    Although soviet Russia was bad in most ways, I like the way they draw cartoons and posters. These are masterpiece work.

  2. Andrew says:

    “Tekhnika – molodiozhi” means “Technics for youths”. I had subscription for this magazine for many years.

  3. Darius says:

    We had subscription for many years of “Modelist – Konstruktor” and “Junij texnik”

  4. gsoi says:

    In National Socialist Republic of Poland we had a magazine called “Młody Technik” which can be translated as a “Young Technican”, very similar to this article.

    • Andrew says:

      In Soviet Union was another magazine “Yuniy tekhnik” (means “Young technician”), it was rather for children. “Tekhnika – molodiozhi” was for youths. In my day I read both of them. They really pushed child’s imagination and fantasy. Also one time I met Polish translated book for children about interesting physical effects. Among all other things it explained sound amplification of train in tunnels.

  5. Mister Twister says:

    Top of page 2 is just like Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind!

  6. Barrie D Davey says:

    Nice to see but its just a filler. Mr editor you have well and truly brought what was a great site down to nothing but mundane rubbish. The only good thing I can say in your favour is YOU at least put some information underneath. Please everybody go back to around 2009, and see the difference. Its as if Russia has suddenly stood still, and nothing is happening over there.

  7. Alain says:

    3rd page, Last picture from 1972

    Seems to be Original Idea, for 1989
    (U.S. made) V-22 Osprey?

  8. Wayne says:

    Mr Davey — what are you going on about? I found it fascinating. Would love to see more of the magazines. Too bad it does not live up to your obvious “high standards.”

  9. David says:

    The “sports car shaped as a wing” looks pretty much like a streamlined copy of Colani-Lamborghini LeMans “bubble-top” prototype from 1970.

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