Here’s a quote from the interview:
JS: Why speculative fiction? What role does it play in your books? In the society?
MARINA AND SERGEY: Fantastika (i.e speculative fiction) can do everything that regular literature can do, plus a bit more. It has extra possibilities. These possibilities allow readers to see life in a paradoxical light, juxtaposing the un-juxtaposable. It’s the possibility of the impossible. If literature is — doctor’s offices and hospitals, ambulances and maternity wards – and life without them is impossible, of course —then fantastika is a research lab. Yeah you can do without it, but where will there be progress?
Fantastika lets us perform experiments with the future, and searches for future even in the past. Fantasika writers can travel through galaxies and through wormholes of the subconscious. Fantastika rules, she has no bounds or boundaries, she is the freest genre. She is the highlight that transforms a drab and dusty house into a magic palace by night. A while ago we came up with this tongue-and-cheek Fantastika Manifesto for our workshop. It goes like this: