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[[caption-width-right:288:Алиса Селезнёва.]]
A series of Soviet/Russian children's ScienceFiction books by Creator/KirBulychev, highly popular in Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. The books are set at the end of the 21st century and feature adventures of a young girl, Alice (Alisa) Seleznyova, and her friends. [[Characters/AliceGirlFromTheFuture See the list here]]. [[Film/AliceGirlFromTheFuture There have been several adaptations]]. See also [[YMMV/AliceGirlFromTheFuture the YMMV page]].
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!Books in the series:
* ''The Rusty General's Island'' (1968)
* ''The Adventures of Alice'' (1974) also known as ''Animation/TheMysteryOfTheThirdPlanet'' or ''Alice and the Three Captains''
* ''A Million Adventures'' (1976)
* ''One Hundred Years from Now'' (1978) also known as ''GuestFromTheFuture'' or ''Alice in the Past''
* ''Literature/LilacSphere'' (1983)
* ''Prisoners of the Yamagiri Maru'' (1985)
* ''Gai-Do'' (1986)
* ''The End of Atlantis'' (1987)
* ''The City Without Memory'' (1988)
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!Tropes:
* ActionGirl:
** Iria Gai. Raised as a WrenchWench ultimate tomboy, then met a guy, turned out SheCleansUpNicely, and she became a housewife... That is, unless someone hits the BerserkButton. Then, she's a MamaBear taken UpToEleven.
** Alice herself. Sometimes, at least.
* AdultsAreUseless: Often Alice solves a problem the adults were repeatedly failing to solve.
** Subverted in some installments where Alice fails, and adults (like regular police) save the day.
* AIIsACrapshoot: One of the planets had a few robots survive a starship crash there years ago. They started building duplicates for themselves until the resources of the entire planet ran out. They would have probably gone to do the same on other planets, but no one provided them with starship blueprints.
* AlienLunch / NoBiochemicalBarriers: Inverted when one of the heroes (dressed up as an alien) states he liked some human food, and someone remarks his species would have had real digestion problems with that. The guy hurries to state that his stomach is prosthetic.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The End of Atlantis.
* [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Aliens Speaking Russian]]
* AnalogyBackfire: In ''Alice's Birthday'', Alice wants to save a planet. To give her more confidence, Gromozeka reminds her of Joan of Arc, who rescued France. Alice succeeds, but is captured in the process. While she awaits her trial she remembers that the ''actual'' Joan of Arc was executed. [[spoiler: Except she wasn't (see SparedByAdaptation below), and of course, Alice escapes]].
* AncientAstronauts: ''TheEndOfAtlantis'' features a lost colony under the Pacific Ocean. Another book has Alice finding a crashed starship underwater, and, apparently, another from four million years ago was found in a desert.
* AuthorFilibuster: Quite often, mostly about history.
* BalefulPolymorph: Sometimes, most notably in ''There Are No Ghosts'' and ''Secret of the Black Stone''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: GentleGiant Gromozeka may not be so gentle if his friends are in danger...
* BizarreAlienBiology: Now, where to start..?
* BoundAndGagged: Happens from time to time.
* TheCavalry: Alice sometimes is rescued by it, though mostly she is on her own.
* ChangedMyJumper: A boy from 1976 ends up in 2082 - and simply tells the people he's dressed up for a masquerade ball. The people buy it.
* ChildSoldiers: in ''Secret of the Black Stone'', Alice, along with other children is drafted as one against her will.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Repeatedly, both in books and in adaptations.
* CommonTongue: the Cosmolingua.
* DeathWorld: ''Literature/LilacSphere'' features one.
* DinosaursAreDragons: Mostly averted, though there's one story centered around a new dinosaur species with dragon-like abilities.
* TheDungAges: Pashka Gerasimov is a hopeless romantic. One of the books is about him requesting a trip into the MiddleAges, hoping for YeGoodeOldeDays...
* EternalEnglish: The galactic CommonTongue, at least, is unchanged from thousands of years ago.
* ExplosiveBreeder: The space pirates attempted to destroy the atmosphere of an entire planet by unleashing air eating worms fitting the trope. Also, see AIIsACrapshoot.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In one of the stories, Alice finds an alien in a crashed ship underwater. He attempts to steal her body to take over the Earth. However, he dismissed a couple of dolphins as her slaves, while in reality, they were her friends (a concept the alien dismissed as laughable) and brought help way before he expected.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: Skleess the Flying Cow!
* FantasticDrug: ''The Adventures of Alice'' features a planet where a drug was invented allowing time travel. At first, people were going to the future to check what will happen, but then grew afraid of it and all started traveling back to the best moments of their life. Within a few years, the entire planet was a slum.
* FasterThanLightTravel: Spaceships can fly between different star systems in mere days or hours. Later books mumble something about gravitons.
* FreeRangeChildren: Alice and her friends are allowed to wander around unsupervised from the age of seven. By the time she is ten, she already has traveled to other planets (sometimes with no adults or insufficient oversight) and had a huge number of life-threatening situations.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: Garold]] from ''The Underground Boat''.
* FutureImperfect: In "Alice's Birthday", after Alice fixes the past, she finds out her actions are remembered only as an eccentric action of an enthusiastic woman (back then, it was mistaken for an assassination attempt).
* [[GaiasVengeance Gaia's Vengeance]]: If you intend to hunt or dig mines on Penelope, be prepared that one day your city will be leveled by an unnaturally localized earthquake.
* GeniusLoci: The planet Penelope. A [[PleasurePlanet Paradise Planet]]. No predators, no storms, no mosquitoes... as it says, "I'm organised the way which is convenient to me".
* GentleGiant: A huge alien Gromozeka, who looks like a cross between an elephant, a shark, and an octopus, is a good friend of Alice and her father.
* GoneHorriblyRight: the [[spoiler: memory erasure field]] from ''TheCityWithoutMemory''.
** The Super Cake from ''The Underground Boat''.
* GrandTheftMe: In one book, Alice finds an [[AncientAstronauts AncientAstronaut]] in a crashed starship underwater. He attempts to steal her body for himself and take over the Earth. Fortunately, EvilCannotComprehendGood, so he is stopped before he can start.
* HatePlague: ''Literature/LilacSphere'' features one, stored in titular spheres.
* HeroicSacrifice: Werther in ''GuestFromTheFuture''. Blue Beard in ''Draconosaurus''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: the creators of the HatePlague wiped themselves out after being subjected to it.
* HumanPopsicle: In "A Million Adventures", Alice finds one in a crashed spaceship.
* HumanAliens: Many alien characters are either humans or very similar to humans. In fact, one book starts with the statement that most aliens are human like.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Penelope is upset when one person causes a mess with its biosphere - and has problems understanding that other people may disagree with what he does.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Rrrr's race has eyes which change color depending on the personality - blue and gray for good ones, yellow for bad, orange for the worst.
* KillAndReplace: One of the books features an adopted son of an emperor who learned he won't inherit the crown. He assassinated him, and forced a law that everyone is to wear [[CrapSaccharineWorld smiling]] masks.
* KillerRobot: many times.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: ''TheCityWithoutMemory'' is built around that.
* LostColony: The End of Atlantis.
* MadeOfIndestructium: In ''Animation/TheMysteryOfTheThirdPlanet'', the captain's ship has been in the pirates' hideout for four years,, and they didn't cut it open. The book it's based upon claims that wasn't from lack of trying. Also, the final part of AMillionAdventures features a passenger ship invulnerable to pirate weapon, with robot stewardesses to match.
* McGuffin: many, most notably the Mielophone from ''OneHundredYearsFromNow''. Also "the absolute fuel" (whatever it means) in ''Animation/TheMysteryOfTheThirdPlanet''.
** It's only "Whatever it means" in the cartoon. The book explains it's an extragalactic invention which will allow ships to be a hundred times as fast. Not exactly something you want SpacePirates to get their hands on - or the rest of the galaxy not to have.
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: Time travel works this way in the series. Changes only happen when the travel ends or the connection to traveller is severed.
* MissingMom: Sometimes stated to be a space architect. Must be a workaholic.
* MuggedForDisguise. Happens with '''children''' in ''The Star Dog''.
* TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay: Averted. Aliens from other galaxies are encountered a few times. By the time of ''One Hundred Years From Now'', it is completely common to encounter one on Earth.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Sometimes, modesty has to take a backseat when lives are at stake.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown; in ''War With Liliputs'', Alice reminisces on this: she is hailed as a savior on many planets , but at home she is "just a girl".
* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: see NoKillLikeOverkill below.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: In order to kill a specific bird, the pirates have destroyed nearly all of its species, and even tried to destroy the planet's atmosphere. The bird they were after survived.
* ThePlague: The "cosmic Plague" (literally named so) from ''Alice's Birthday''
* PluckyGirl: Alice
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction: Houses are grown (some coral-like bacteria) within hours.
* SapientShip: "Gai-do"
* SeriesContinuityError: And how.
* ShapeShifter: Rat
* ShrinkRay: At least two books have such containers.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: firmly on idealistic side, though the danger of being too trusting are honestly explored.
* SpacePirates: The recurring antagonists, Rat and Jolly U.
* SparedByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Joan of Arc, who lives (a dummy is burned instead)]]
* SpoiledBrat: Aphrodite from ''The End Of Atlantis'' is the last child born in a LostColony. She was spoiled rotten, and is still spoiled rotten at the age of ''ninety''.
* StarfishAliens: While most sapient alien species have humanlike intelligence and are able to freely communicate with humans, they may look... somewhat weird. Walking watering cans or giant worms are not unheard of.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: ''TheCityWithoutMemory''.
* TheSwarm: ''Prisoners Of The Yamagiri Maru'' has a swarm of mutant fish caused by 20th Century nuclear waste.
* TalkingAnimal: The "Govorun" ("Talker") birds are essentially parrots with perfect memory capable of interstellar flight. Also the titular dog from ''The Star Dog''.
* TemporalParadox: Occasionally occurs. In "Alice's Birthday", for instance, the titular heroine [[spoiler:saved the civilization of one planet from death by travelling back in time and changing past]].
** She does this during [[spoiler:an archeological expedition to the ruins of said civilization]]. Go ahead, sort that out.
* TemptingFate: "Father, what can happen to me in 21st century?". Well the whole series, including SpacePirates, KillerRobot attacks, facing one EvilOverlord after another...
* {{Terraforming}}: In ''The Adventures Of Alice'' it is mentioned that one of the Captains works on Project Venus. Apparently, this is the first stage of terraforming the planet in question... by dragging it away from the Sun.
* ThatsNoMoon: In ''Literature/LilacSphere'', the titular artifact comes from an artificial planet created to escape an exploding sun.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: well, at least not on Earth. [[AngstWhatAngst Not that Alice would ever need one]].
* ThreeLawsCompliant: In one of the books, Alice encounters a squad of old soldier robots, and the concept is so alien to her she believes their behavior is a malfunction.
* ThouShallNotKill: Alice never kills her opponents, even though she is sometimes armed.
* TheTimeOfMyths: In ''Literature/LilacSphere''.
* VillainousGlutton: Jolly U
* VideoPhone
* UnexplainedRecovery: Jolly U siffers a DisneyVillainDeath in the end of the first book featuring him. He appears in several more after that.
* UsedFuture: ''TheCityWithoutMemory''.
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: In the time where the books are set, humans have cured every known disease, and even common cold will be cured soon. They also enjoy better health and fitness in general.
** "Better fitness" as in somewhat super-strength, -speed, and -agility.
* WorthlessYellowRocks:Most of the societies are moneyless. One of the stories features Alice looking for a replacement for a 1.5 kg gold nugget she took from the school's museum and lost. Since she has plenty of friends, the next day she comes to school with her dad carrying twelve times the required amount.
* [[WriteWhoYouKnow Write what you know]]: the author is a historian, so many of Alice's adventures are in Earth's past or in similar cultural settings.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Alice's friend Pavel is often this.
* YouAreGrounded;: happens in ''War With Liliputs''.
* {{Zeerust}}: Since Bulychev's 21st century is based on beefed-up Soviet aesthetics, that's kind of a given.
* ZerothLawRebellion: "The Prisoners of the Asteroid" features a GenerationShip with a robotic crew taking care of the organics. The latter are quite moronic after centuries of idleness.
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