Günther Krupkat (5 July 1905, Berlin – 14 April 1990, Berlin) was a German fiction writer, known as one of the leading science fiction writers of East Germany.

Günther Krupkat
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Born5 July 1905
Died14 April 1990 (aged 84)
GenreScience Fiction


Born in Berlin in 1905, Krupkat studied engineering before dropping out for lack of means to support himself. He wrote his first novel, Od, at age 19, having been inspired by Soviet writer Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy's 1923 novel Aelita. Its publication in pre-war Germany was rejected due to the leftist ideas propounded by Krupkat.

Active in the Communist Resistance against the Third Reich, Krupkat fled to Czechoslovakia at the close of the Second World War. He settled in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) after the Nazis' defeat, writing science fiction stories, screenplays, and novels, first fully devoting himself to a writer's career in the mid-1950s, following a decade of working as an editor.

Krupkat became chairman of the East German Writers Union's Science Fiction Working Group upon its formation in 1972. He was succeeded by Heiner Rank in 1978.[1]




  • 1956: Gefangene des ewigen Kreises
  • 1956: Die Unsichtbaren
  • 1957: Kobalt 60
  • 1957: Nordlicht über Palmen
  • 1969: Insel der Angst
  • 1974: Das Duell
  • 1975: Bazillus phantastikus
  • 1975: Der Mann vom Anti


  1. ^ Simon, Erik, and Olaf R. Spittel. Science-fiction: Personalia zu einem Genre in der DDR. Berlin: Verlag Das Neue Berlin, 1982. Pp. 25-27. (in German)


  • Fritzsche, Sonja. Science Fiction Literature in East Germany. Oxford; New York: Lang, 2006.
  • Neumann, Hans-Peter. Die grosse illustrierte Bibliographie der Science Fiction in der DDR. Berlin: Shayol, 2002.
  • Steinmüller, Angela and Karlheinz. Vorgriff auf das Lichte Morgen. Passau: Erster Deutscher Fantasy Club, 1995.