The Fatal Eggs by Mikhail Bulgakov

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Professor Persikov, an eccentric zoologist, stumbles upon a new light ray that accelerates the growth and reproduction in living organisms. In the wake of a plague that has decimated the country's poultry sticks, Persikov's discovery is exploited as a means to correct the problem. As foreign agents, the state and the Soviet media all seize upon the red ray, matters get out of hand... 

Set in 1928 but written four years earlier, during Stalin's rise to power, The Fatal Eggs is both an early piece of science fiction reminiscent of H.G. Wells and biting, brilliant satire on the consequences of the abuse of power and knowledge. 

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