Alisa Selezneva
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Alisa Selezneva

Alisa Selezneva or Seleznyova (Russian? ) is the main character of the series of children's science fiction books by Russian writer Kir Bulychov. The series, unofficially referred to as "Alisa's Adventures") was started in 1965 and comprises more than 50 novellas and short stories, of which many were adapted to film, television, comics and video game. Alisa franchise is a Russian pop culture phenomenon with popularity not fading for nearly half a century.[]


The memorial stone at the Alisa Selezneva Alley [ru], Moscow

The series is set in the late 21st century. In Alisa's time people learned how to travel in space faster than light. Robots and aliens are common. Time travel is possible, but reserved only for scientific purposes. The society in most of books is shown as a communist utopia: there's no need for money, environment is strictly protected and everything is done for the benefit of men (some later books of the series contradict with this model at least regarding money).

Alisa is a teenage Russian schoolgirl with deep interest in biology and a number of hobbies (such as violin playing, "bubble racing" etc.). Her father, Professor Seleznev, is a space biologist and director of Moscow CosmoZoo. The heroine is a curious fidget, she's interested in any sort of mystery, either scientistic or detective. In the stories, Alice, her friends, and occasionally her father, travel in space and time, explore distant planets, deal with aliens, fight space pirates and make scientistic discoveries.

Alisa's family is formally modelled after that of the author: he actually had a daughter named Alisa, and the heroine's parents are named after real names of Bulychov himself (Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheyko) and his wife (Kira Soshinskaya; the respective character, though mostly absent in stories, also has the same profession - architect), however according to the author the main character shares only the name of his daughter but not her looks at similar age or her temper:

"Why have you decided that my Alisa Seleznyova is connected with my daughter Alisa? They are not even similar. [My] Alisa haven't even read all books "about herself", she prefers higher class of literature."[1]

The most familiar illustrations in the books of the series were made by graphic artist Yevgeni Migunov (however many of the earlier illustrations are by Bulychev's wife).

Selected bibliography

Only full-length novels are listed.

  • ?, ? ? (A Girl Nothing Can Happen To, 1965)
  • (Rusty Field Marshal, 1968)
  • (Alisa's Travel, 1974)
  • ? (Alisa's Birthday, 1974)
  • ? (Million of Adventures, 1976)
  • ? (One Hundred Years Ahead, 1978)
  • (Prisoners of Asteroid, 1981)
  • ? (The Lilac Ball, 1983)
  • ? (The Fairy Tale Reservation, 1985)
  • ? (Ivan Ivanovich the Goat, 1985)
  • - (Guy-do, 1986)
  • (The End of Atlantis, 1987)
  • (The City Without Memory, 1988)
  • (The Underground Boat, 1989)
  • ? ? (The War Against Midgets, 1992)
  • ? (Alisa and the Crusaders, 1993)
  • ? ? (The Kindness Ray, 1994)
  • ? ? (Dino Kids, 1995)
  • (Alisa the Detective, 1996)
  • ? (Ghosts Don't Exist, 1996)
  • ? (Dangerous Tales, 1997)
  • ? ? (A Planet for Tyrants, 1997)
  • ? (Secret of the Black Stone, 1999)
  • ? (Alisa and a Monster, 1999)
  • (The Star Dog, 2001)
  • (Twilights the Vampire, 2001)
  • ? (Alisa and Alisia, 2003)

See also


  1. ^ ? ? ... -- Interview of Kir Bulychev to Komsomolskaya Pravda

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