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Kir Bulychev
Kir Bulychev at Polcon 1997 in Katowice, Poland
Kir Bulychev at Polcon 1997 in Katowice, Poland
Born Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko
18 October 1934
Moscow, USSR
Died 5 September 2003
Moscow, Russia
Pen name Kir Bulychev
Occupation oriental studies
Language Russian
Nationality Russian
Citizenship  USSR Russia
Alma mater Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages
Genre Science fiction
Notable works Alisa Selezneva series
Guslar series
Notable awards Aelita Prize 1997

Kir Bulychev (Russian: Кир Булычёв [Kir Bulychyov]; 18 October 1934 – 5 September 2003) is a pen name of Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko (И́горь Все́володович Може́йко), a Soviet Russian science fiction writer, critic, translator and historian. His magnum opus is a children's science fiction series Alisa Selezneva, although most of his books are adult-oriented. His books were adapted for film, TV and animation over 20 times – more than any other Russian science fiction author – and Bulychev himself wrote scripts for early adaptations.


Mozheiko (Mojeiko) received a Master's degree in 1965 and a Ph.D. in 1981. From 1963 he worked in the Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He was a specialist in the medieval history of Burma, and wrote a biography of Aung San.

He first used the pseudonym Kir Bulychev in 1965, for his very first science fiction story, "A Girl Nothing Can Happen To". It was the first in what would become his most popular book series, Alisa Selezneva, that eventually comprised more than 50 novellas and short stories. This children's science fiction series is centered around the titular heroine, a teenage girl from the future, who travels through space and time, solves mysteries, makes discoveries and saves endangered peoples and species. Bulychov kept writing Alisa for the rest of his life: the last book appeared in 2003, months before his death. There were four animated and three life-action adaptations of Alisa stories, as well as tie-in comics and video games.

Another of Bulychev's best-known works is a series of short stories about Veliky Guslar, a Russian town that attracts all kinds of aliens and supernatural beings. This fictional city is based on the real city of Veliky Ustyug. He also wrote many standalone science fiction novels, including The Last War (1970), Thirteen Years of Travel, Those Who Survive (adapted as the animated film Pereval), The Witches Cave (filmed), River Chronos and Abduction of the Wizard.

Bulychev wrote scripts for more than 20 movies: according to Mir Fantastiki magazine, he is the most adapted Russian science fiction author. Besides his own writing, he translated numerous American science fiction stories into Russian.

Film adaptations

All scripts are written by Bulychov himself, except noted.

Based on Alisa Selezneva

  • Mystery of the Third Planet (1981), animated, based on Alisa's Voyage
  • The Guest from the Future (1985), TV miniseries based on One Hundred Years Ahead
  • The Lilac Ball (1987), based on the book of the same name
  • Prisoners of Yamagiri-Maru (1988), animated, based on a story of the same name
  • Island of Rusty General (1988), based on The Rusty Field Marshal

Not written by Bulychev:

  • Alice's Birthday (2009), animated, based on the novella of the same name
  • Alisa Knows What to Do! (2013), animated TV series, based on characters only


  • The Throw, or Everything Started on Saturday (1976), TV film, based on the story The Ability to Throw Ball
  • Abduction of the Wizard (1981), TV film, based on a story of the same name
  • Per Aspera Ad Astra (1981), based on an original script by Bulychev
  • Tears Were Falling (1982)
  • Comet (1983)
  • Chance (1984)
  • Two Tickets to India (1985), animated, based on a story of the same name
  • The Pass (1988), animated, based on Village
  • The Witches Cave (1989), based on the novella of the same name
  • Abduction of the Wizard (1989), based on a story of the same name
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