Soviet prophecy of 2017: the Arctic underground and militant imperialists

Little Igor wakes up in the morning, when the robot arm gently takes him by the nose. He’s stretching and yawning, is a high-tech kitchen. Mom and dad are busy at work, but this is not important, because the robot chef already. Igor loads your favorite recipe into the scanner and a moment later, Breakfast is ready. But calling “televizion”. Igor’s mother appears on the screen of the tube in the room. She made a quick trip from Moscow to the Black sea coast on the nuclear train.

“You had Breakfast?” asks mom with a smile at a time like sunlight playing on the waves behind her.

Yes, life in the Soviet Union should be light and joyful. Of course, if you wait long enough.

So, anyway, promised the authors of Soviet textbooks, which in 1960 depicted the above scene in one Filmstrip about the ideal Communist society of 2017, that is, 100 years after the Russian revolution.

In 2017 there will be a society with underground cities in the Arctic, with opportunities to visit distant stars and flying weather laboratories that can tame hurricanes.

The Filmstrip, which was intended for the Soviet students, was shortly before the new year was found in a dusty closet one blogger from St. Petersburg. After the emergence of social networks has caused a lot of fun in Russia. As often before in science fiction novels, bold dreams for the future first of all tell us something about your time.

In 1960, Soviet space program is rapidly developing, and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev promised that the ideal Communist society will be built in 1980.

The story is imbued with faith in the future and a fascination with technology. Writers imagined that “accurate nuclear explosions” can be used for the construction of large canals and leveling of mountains.

The underground city in the Arctic will be linked to each other through a system of underground metro. And the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska would be covered with a dam, which connects North America with Asia. It will go high-speed atomic train.


And in the ideological struggle with the West was a lot for Soviet schoolchildren. In the Filmstrip on the year 2017 defeated communism worldwide, with the exception of one island in the Pacific ocean, where still resist the militant imperialists.

But history, as we know, went a completely different way of development. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. With the biggest newspaper of Russia is still called “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. And “Komsomolskaya Pravda” recently, half-jokingly defended the dream of the future, 1960, as “prophetic”. In our time, the Russian government again made Arctic development a top priority: to this end, developed twenty-year plan.

“We’re just not there in 2017. Maybe it will happen in 2117?” the newspaper writes.

One day in the future we will be able to get acquainted with this prophecy.