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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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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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