NEUES LEBEN BERLIN
none, Lizenz Nr. 303
1986 (5th printing)
Der Purpurne Planet (The Purple Planet) is a very intersting
exercise in communist (or at least East German) propaganda.
It is not so much about a rescue journey to an earth like
planet in the system of Proxima Centauri, where a terraforming
outfit ceased to communicate with earth.
Even if it contains the interesting twist that the rescue
journey can travel faster and the crew spends time in
a controlled death state, which results in a meeting of
father and son, who are now of the same age, this book
is more about beating home the idea of the collective,
the system of the "plan" and the idea that everything
you do should serve the people back home.
Science Fiction books from other countries might just
be as propagandistic, but a "foreign" form of
propaganda is always easier to spot.
The book has been illustrated by Werner Ruhner, and you
can see some of the black/purple inside illustrations
over at the fantastic Sci-Fi-O-Rama (link).