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Czech science fiction and fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy in the Czech Republic has a long and varied history. From 1918, when Czechoslovakia became independent, until 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded it, Czech literature enjoyed one of its high points.[1]

Czech writers developed their works as aesthetic pieces rather than as platforms demanding independence for the Czech people. The best-known and most important of SF writers was Karel Čapek, whose play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) (printed 1920, premiered January 1921), introduced and made popular the frequently used international word robot.[2]

Čapek is perhaps best known as a mass production, atomic weapons, and non-human intelligent beings such as robots, space-faring gypsies or intelligent salamanders (in his War with the Newts).

Josef Nesvadba, writing since the late 1950s, quickly became the best-known Czech SF authors of the post-war generation,[3] being translated into English and German, even though he moved from the SF proper after his first 3 story collections to the fringes of fantastic genre and mainstream.

The modern era of Czech SF began in late 1970s, coinciding and soon interacting with the founding of science fiction fandom in 1979.

Notable Czech SF writers


  1. ^ The history of Czech literature - Czech republic official website
  2. ^ Karel named his brother Josef Čapek as the true inventor of the word.
  3. ^ The Josef Nesvadba Page: Biography and Bibliography


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  • Robots and Vigilante Vampires: Radio Prague brief interview on the current state of the genre, 22 June 2008

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