The will of the universe
in Modernism and the making of the Soviet New Man
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A group of cosmonauts float in outer space, tethered to their spaceship, in a series of crudely rendered sketches. These numbered sketches are part of a series of drawings from the notebook of the scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, prepared for the film Cosmic Voyage. From the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, Tsiolkovsky developed visions of life in the universe and calculated ways to attain that life. By describing the everyday life on Mars, Alexander Bogdanov narrates life in communism as a parallel space odyssey, making communism tangible and popularizing it in the same way that Tsiolkovsky renders the outcome of his cosmic pursuits. The celestial utopia originated in cosmism and evolved into a series of visions of life in the sky, projects for facilitating the "mastery" of the skies as the last spatial frontier, and ideas about new revolutionary identities.

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