Guram Panjikidze

Guram Panjikidze (1933-1997). Georgian writer, journalist, editor, and public figure remains one of the most influential authors of the Georgian literary tradition. He graduated from Georgian Technical University in 1956 and started to work at Rustavi Metallurgical Plant. His active career in metallurgy played a significant role in building his vision, later masterly revealed in his creative writing. In 1964, his first stories appeared in (then) popular journal Tsiskari and immediately gained success and resonance among the Georgian Audience. It was followed by other successful novels such as The Purest Gem, The Year of the Active Sun, and The Spiral, which continues to be one of the most striking examples of Georgian Science Fiction. Guram Panjikidze also led a successful journalistic career and authored valuable publicistic and scientific-popular articles and documentary prose. Several popular movies were made based on his novels, such as Levan Khidasheli, The Purest Gem, and The Spiral.