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Cristian Tudor Popescu : biography

October 1, 1956 -
Cristian Tudor Popescu CTP Adevărul Gândul


A native of Bucharest, he graduated Politehnica University in 1981, majoring in Computer Science. Popescu began writing fiction during the communist regime, focusing on his journalistic career after the Romanian Revolution of 1989. He made his debut in 1984 in the Echinox literary magazine of Cluj-Napoca with the SF story Grădina de cenuşă ("The Ash Garden"). Popescu's work was subsequently featured in most SF anthologies, almanacs and magazines before 1990, and he was twice a laureate of the ROMCON Awards (1985, 1986). He received the Eurocon Award for the collection of short stories Planetarium.

After 1990, he confined his SF activity to translating and editing the works of others. Popescu translated Stanisław Lem's novels Manuscript Found in a Bathtub, Return from the Stars, as well as Norman Spinrad's Bug Jack Barron (in collaboration with Dan Mihai Pavelescu). As an editor of SF literature, he published Dănuţ Ungureanu's novel Marilyn Monroe on a Closed Curve (1993), Dan Merişca's Revolt in Labyrinth (1996), and the SF anthology The Empire of the Crooked Mirrors (1993).

Between 1990 and 2005, Popescu was the editor-in-chief of Adevărul newspaper. In disagreement with the management, he and 81 journalists resigned from the paper and, together with Mircea Dinescu, started their own publication, Gândul, however Mircea Dinescu resigned in January 2008.

Together with Emil Hurezeanu he was also a co-host of the TV two-man political talk show Cap şi Pajură (Heads and Tails) broadcast on Realitatea TV.

Cristian Tudor Popescu is a filmologist, PhD in cinematography of the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art I.L. Caragiale, Bucharest, where he is teaching a course on Manipulation and Propaganda Techniques in Movie and Television.

Since 2006, Cristian Tudor Popescu is the host of the TV show CineTePrinde, broadcasted each Saturday, starting from 10 pm, on Pro Cinema, where he comments a movie, which is given afterwards, from a critical point of view.

A fact that has become widely known in the last years is that CTP is an accomplished tennis player having won numerous national tournaments in the 55+ senior category competing against as many as 140 contestants at an event.

Published volumes

  • 1987--Planetarium, Albatros Publishing House, Bucharest,1987-The Prize of the European Congress of Science-Fiction, Montpellier, France
  • 1991--The Time of the Empty Colt, Cartea Românească Publishing House,

1998, second edition, Polirom Publishing House

  • 1993-- The Empire of Crooked Mirrors, Adevarul Society, anthology of science-fiction literature
  • 1997-- The Children of the Beast (DU Style)

1998, second edition, Polirom Publishing House

  • 1998-- Dead Time, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2000-- Omohom-Speculative Fictions, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2000-- Romania, transfer picture, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2001-- A Corpse Filled Up with Newspapers, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2004-- The Romanian Nobel, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2004-- Mind's Sport, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2004-- The Freedom of Hatred, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2005-- The Shakespeare Trigram- Speculative Fictions
  • 2005-- Orgasmus comunistas
  • 2007-- The Luxury of Death, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2009-- Scattered Words, Polirom Publishing House
  • 2011-- The Deaf Movie in a Silent Romania. Politics and Propaganda in the Romanian Fiction Movie (1912–1989), Polirom Publishing House
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