Playing With: Soviet Superscience
: Soviet Union in the story having technology too advanced compared to Real Life
in the same time period.
- Straight: Thanks to Professor Kravchenko's research into magnetism, USSR has coilguns, railguns, fusion power, and Maglev propulsion by 1970s.
- Exaggerated: Prof. Kravchenko's research enables the Soviets to breach and conquer an entire Alternate Universe while no-one is looking.
- Downplayed: Prof. Kravchenko invents advanced computing technologies that allow the USSR to manufacture desktop PCs and cell phones in 1970s.
- The USSR is depicted as technologically backwards due to ideology and/or bureaucracy getting in the way of science.
- The US in the 70s has advanced technology, such as Artificial Limbs, Powered Armor, Uterine Replicators, genetically engineered humans, the oldest of who are now teenagers, monstrous hybrid "attack dogs" capable of shrugging off rifle fire even before they put armor on.
- Subverted: Prof. Kravchenko speaks of bringing railguns and fusion power into reality, but the level of technology does not allow these plans to go beyond theories and failed experiments.
- Double Subverted: However once soviet officials assemble groups of geniuses of Prof Kravchenko's caliber and place them under his command as well as funding them generously they are able to produce more than even Prof. Kravchenko thought theoretically possible.
- Parodied: Prof. Kravchenko steals Lenin's preserved body from the Mausoleum to turn it into a nuclear-powered zombie cyborg armed with Eye Beams.
- Zig Zagged: Some disciplines of science are favoured by the Soviet government and develop rapidly, while others are proclaimed "false sciences" and forbidden, resulting in Schizo Tech across the board.
- Averted: USSR in the story has the tech level appropriate for the time it's set in.
- "Soviet industrial design is so much cooler than American! Why not give the Commies some awesome super-tech to show it off?"
- The work is a Soviet propaganda film designed to inspire faith in the achievements of socialism, and takes a few liberties with reality for this purpose.
- Lampshaded: "Seriously? Soviets with railguns and hover tanks?! I thought that was just in bad war propaganda films!"
- Invoked: Scary Dogmatic Aliens favor the USSR and aid their technological development in secret.
- Exploited: The Soviet leadership uses Prof. Kravchenko's breakthroughs to start - and win - World War III.
- Defied: American spies kill or bribe super-geniuses like Kravchenko to prevent USSR from being able to win in potential World War III.
- Discussed: "Fusion power? But that's amazing!" "Amazing? Believe me, tovarisch - you haven't seen nothing yet."
- Conversed: "The idea that the USSR could have super-technologies doesn't hold any water. Why does it keep popping up in fiction?" "Because it's cool, duh."
- Implied: The story is told from the point of view of the Western defense contractors, and though spies constantly bring news about the products of Soviet Superscience that motivate the protagonists into action, the superscience itself isn't shown on screen.
- The tech is massively impractical either through being too heavy to use or being so hilariously overpowered that there's no way to use it without friendly fire...
- The huge amounts of money and resources being poured into such projects means that much less for other aspects of the Soviet economy. The quality of life of the average Soviet citizen suffers as a results.
- ...But the Soviets don't mind that, they have reserves and happen to be the ones who built the biggest heavy-lift choppers, transport planes, and amphibious landing craft in the world, so they can compensate.
- However, the dip in the quality of life for the Soviet people is only temporary, and soon cheap energy and improvements in the production of various goods make the quality of life even better than it was before.
- Plotted A Good Waste: Soviet Superscience is the first sign that the story is set in an Alternate Universe.
- Played For Laughs: Soviets have advanced technology - that they massively misapply.
- Played For Drama: The advance of Soviet technology causes the Cold War to heat up - and totalitarianism to become much stronger.
Back to Soviet Superscience
with you, capitalist pig-dog!