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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.

Comments

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!

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