A guide to the New East
Special report
Soviet space dreams
Throughout the life of the USSR, outer space was a place of utopia, a zone where science, technology, art and fantasy soared beyond the brute realities of communism. What’s the legacy of those cosmic dreams today?
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Contents

Photography

Event horizon

Scenes from the frontier of extraterrestrial exploration

Feature

Cult of the cosmic

How space travel became the unofficial religion of the USSR

Film

Dressing Solaris

Notes from the costume designer of the greatest ever Soviet sci-fi movie

Interview

Exhibition space

How the greatest show on earth is counting down to lift-off

Photography

Rockets away

The space race remade as child’s play

Photography

Inner space

At home with the cosmonauts of Star City

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Boutique bookshops

Slices of literary paradise across the New East

Soviet scares

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No limit 90s

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