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Venus In March

Venus is lovely in the spring.

The Old Venus, that is.  You know, the steamy, swampy Venus of the SF pulps, with its web-footed Venusians (Venerians), teeming jungles, dinosaurs, and those infamous dens of inquity in Venusburg.   The Venus of Leigh Brackett, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Roger Zelazny, C.L. Moore, and Isaac Asimov.

Those who miss the place (like me) will be able to return there next spring.  OLD VENUS, an original anthology of retro-SF stories set upon the lost Venus of old, will be released by Bantam Spectra in hardcover on March 3, 2015.  We just got our first look at the cover:


Old Venus final jkt

The final lineup:

INTRODUCTION, by Gardner Dozois
FROGHEADS, by Allen M. Steele
THE DROWNED CELESTRIAL, by Lavie Tidhar
PLANET OF FEAR, by Paul McAuley
GREEVES AND THE EVENING STAR, by Matthew Hughes
A PLANET CALLED DESIRE, by Gwyneth Jones
LIVING HELL, by Joe Haldeman
BONES OF AIR, BONES OF STONE, by Stephen Leigh
RUINS, by Eleanor Arnason
THE TUMBLEDOWNS OF CLEOPATRA ABYSS, by David Brin
BY FROGSLED AND LIZARDBACK TO OUTCAST VENUSIAN LEPERS, by Garth Nix
THE SUNSET OF TIME, by Michael Cassutt
PALE BLUE MEMORIES, by Tobias S. Buckell
THE HEART'S FILTHY LESSON, by Elizabeth Bear
THE WIZARD OF THE TREES, by Joe R. Lansdale
THE GODSTONE OF VENUS, by Mike Resnick
BOTANICA VENERIS: THIRTEEN PAPERCUTS BY IDA COUNTESS RATHANGAN, by Ian McDonald

If you enjoyed OLD MARS (our Locus Award nominee from last year), you'll like this one even better,  I think... and there's one story in there that's so bloody good that if it doesn't win the Hugo and Nebula both, I'll count it as a major injustice.  Which one?  Ah, I will leave you guys to figure that out.  But first you'll need to read the book.

March 3.  Mark the day on the calendars.

I'll meet you on Venus.

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preppyboy5
Jun. 4th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hugo Awards
GRRM Big fan of your work. Read all 5 books after I watched Season 1. Just wondering what is your opinion of JK Rowling not showing up for the Hugo Award Ceremony for "A Goblet of Fire" (ASOS should've won IMO)
Never understood why JK Rowling tried so hard to say that Harry Potter wasn't a "fantasy" series
grrm
Jun. 4th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugo Awards
I am sure Rowling is very busy. Not being able to show up for the awards ceremony is perfectly understandable. But she should at least have designated someone to accept on her behalf.
DragonFaust
Jun. 4th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
beautiful
i remember reading my father's SciFi collection. I had haunted images of what space looked like before i finally learned how boring these planets are. This gives me a sense of justice that imagination still exists within a scientific community.
Alex Pelletier
Jun. 4th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ok I know this is unrelated but I can't help but comment... OMG "The Mountain and the Viper" ending!!!! I knew it was coming from reading the books but I'm still scarred for life. Seeing it brought to life was incredibly powerful and the fact that it was so effective (like the Red Wedding) is a testament to how well constructed the narrative is.

Also, I'll definitely be checking out Old Venus ;)
fezabel
Jun. 4th, 2014 09:56 pm (UTC)
I did, in fact, read & enjoy OLD MARS. I can't wait to do the same with OLD VENUS. There's something about the old school sci-fi that makes me so happy.
sourbillytipton
Jun. 5th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
2013-2014 production
I've only been following this blog for 3 years. But it seems like you've been putting out a ton of material lately.

Would you say 2013-2014 has been one of your more productive times in your career?
queenmomcat
Jun. 5th, 2014 12:39 am (UTC)
Heading for the swamps as soon as it comes out. (And seeing if I can get a oopy of Old Mars now...) Thank you for mentioning it!
Dennis Staples
Jun. 5th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
Authors
This new "old" anthologies seem really great. I'm wondering if there are specific stories or novels they are inspired by. You mentioned some author names. What works of theirs specifically led to these?
Loren Schmidt
Jun. 5th, 2014 10:22 am (UTC)
Re: Authors
Burroughs: Carson Napier series or Amtor/Venus series. John Carter clone. Has pirates!
Zelazny: "The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth" (Nebula for Best Novelette, I think)
Brackett: Various Venus novels in the "Solar System" universe--e.g., "The Enchantress of Venus" and "The Stellar Legion" are two I remember reading.
Asimov: "Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus," juvenile novel I remember thinking was rather, well, juvenile in comparison to the Foundation books when I read it at age 8.
C.L. Moore: 3 or 4 of the Northwest Smith novels take place on Venus or have major Venusian characters.





Dennis Staples
Jun. 8th, 2014 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Authors
Thank you!
Gehrig JonLou
Jun. 5th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
Thoughts on Venus
I never knew the "Old Venus" trope... I had always known Venus as the hell we know it to be today... deadly in heat, pressure, acidity... the hell that they now call in Star Trek a "Demon Class" planet. Truth be told I can't imagine how anyone could call that boring. Especially now that we theorize that before it's runaway Greenhouse effect turned it into a hell it may have had abundant water and maybe even early (single celled) life... it is after all in the goldilocks zone, along with both Earth and Mars. Personally, I think a modern Venus time travel story could be amazing... heck one could even run with the "there may have been life" thing and take that somewhere further. A story featuring jumping between a verdant past and its current nightmarish form, perhaps trying to avert the planetwide disaster that made it what it is today. Maybe a story about alien colonists settling in or experimenting with the world, lovecrafting cosmic horror style... or hell just go old trope and make the Venus of hundreds of millions of years ago "Old Venus" swampy and balmy, it could work.

Another thought, and something modern scientists consider is that perhaps there may be remnants of Venus' earlier life still living high in the clouds above the heat, pressure, and acid. While they figure it unicellular one could conceive of terrifying flying or floating beasts, perhaps malevolently intelligent, even creepier if they still had some sort of inherited memory of their home's original form. Perhaps as part of the above time travel story. Or even a similar story told in flashback from a mind meld or mind scan of a captured creature by future scientists in a lab floating above the clouds.

That said, future tales about a terraformed Venus are great as well, and plausible. After all it IS in the Gzone and it does have Earth gravity. Indeed, my primary experience of Venus in scifi is Ray Bradbury's short story about a rainy terraformed Venus and children marveling over the sight of the rarely seen sun. I suppose I like to keep my scifi as "hard" as possible... but perhaps it would be nice to see how people thought of it before we knew... it just seems like the possibilities based on the reality could be wilder and more fascinating than what we used to imagine.

Edited at 2014-06-05 05:56 am (UTC)
kostinus
Jun. 5th, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
Will it be available as e-book on Amazon?
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Gareth Humphreys
Jun. 5th, 2014 11:37 am (UTC)
About 7 years ago, my collection of Golden-age sci-fi paperbacks was obliterated by a flood. Many, many Asimovs, Dicks, Clarkes, Bradburys and a couple of anthologies just like this one all washed away. Seeing this just brings back how much I miss them.

May have to order this when it comes around.
preppyboy5
Jun. 5th, 2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
Regarding Orson
So my mates finally figured it out. Orson Lannister = Orson Scott Card
grrm
Jun. 5th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Regarding Orson
Ah... I rather doubt it.

TBS, Orson Lannister does not exist in the books.
Jose Sarmento
Jun. 5th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Regarding Orson
Like that great bastard singer from the Crownlands, Roger Waters. :)
Loren Schmidt
Jun. 7th, 2014 08:08 am (UTC)
Re: Regarding Orson
Nice! That had never occurred to me! (Ï apparently had become comfortably dumb.)
Disco Sauce
Jun. 6th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
Old Mars
I read the Old Mars collection after hearing about it here on your blog, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the forward you wrote, which induced me to read some Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. Looking for more sci-fi, I'm now into Orson Scott Card's Ender series. Thanks for the reading suggestions!
tripleneck
Jun. 7th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
Keep the anthologies coming! I buy them all. This one looks great, too. I haven't actually finished Old Mars yet, but I've got time before OV appears.
Ivan Jovanovich
Jun. 7th, 2014 11:26 am (UTC)
Why isn't there a Steve Sterling's story in this anthology? I loved his story in Old Mars, and I love his Lords of Creation duology.
Mary Ellen Wofford
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite people
I see you have a story by Joe Haldeman in the Old Venus collection. Makes me more determined than ever to buy it.
THANKS
sitlar
Jun. 14th, 2014 09:16 am (UTC)
It's a real disappointment not to see "In the Walls of Eryx" by H. P. Lovecraft in that book :-(
grrm
Jun. 15th, 2014 04:47 am (UTC)
OLD VENUS is all original.
Andrew Springer
Jun. 18th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
Really excited about some of these authors
Loved the Old Mars anthology. But based on that author list, I'm even more excited for this one. Especially looking forward to the Garth Nix story; have been re-reading some of his books recently and am looking for more.
Jessice Holmgren
Jun. 24th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
Mr Martin, your favorite authors and philosophical book-changer.^^
Hello Mr Martin. I love books. And I¨ve noticed I have become more wide about my day dreams and my expectasions of a real good book nowadays.
My favorite authord is David & Leigh Eddings, Roger Zelazny, Jean M auel and Margit sandemo - all who creates fantasy books. Who is your favorite? And why? I quite often measer peoples fantasy due to their intelligence. These fantastic authors also puts in a little history to their telling, I love that. Also, it happens very often that I love books from authors that puts great value to animals and gardening. Maybe its a mirror like thing. Uncauntions meenings perhaps.

If you could choose the "One book" that changed you the biggest, in a philosophical way of living, what would it be?
Love the series too, by the way.
Your humble fan, Jessice.

grrm
Jun. 25th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: Mr Martin, your favorite authors and philosophical book-changer.^^
"One book that changed me" would either have to be LORD OF THE RINGS or THE GREAT GATSBY.

Favorite fantasist: Jack Vance.
Ed Stewart
Jul. 10th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Mr Martin, your favorite authors and philosophical book-changer.^^
What really got me into fantasy, two books that aren't in the genre: A DISTANT MIRROR and THE NAME OF THE ROSE. Have you read Umberto Eco and if so, what do you think? Both sucked me into Medieval History and I never left.
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