Old Venus

Old Venus

eBook - 2015
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"This original anthology of all-new stories harkens back to the Golden Age of SF, when science fiction was filled with tales from our own solar system, at a time when no one knew what lay on the surface of our nearest galactic neighbors and speculation ran rampant. And though that old solar system was "disproved" in the 1960s, when space probes showed that the real worlds were very different from those of our imaginations, these linked anthologies take us back to the time when it still seemed possible that Mars was home to dying civilizations, and Venus was a steamy, swampy jungle world, with strange creatures lurking amidst the lush vegetation. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780804179850
0804179859
9780345537287
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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The middle of this book contains some really nice sci-fi story-telling by a smorgasbord of talented writers. Unfortunately, the bread in this literary sandwich has gone stale and leaves you unsatisfied. And if you bought the book because George RR Martin’s name was in large print on the cover, then you will be doubly disappointed; he doesn’t even contribute one short story or even an introduction, just marketing his name.

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Oct 05, 2015

I would prefer that George R.R. Martin write further in his wildly successful "Game Of Thrones" series, but this is a worthy addition to science fiction. Indeed, every one of the stories is individually worthy, and most manage to recapture the old romantic Venus of the earlier Twentieth Century while adding a dash of modern sensibilities.

Steele's "Frogheads" does that very well. A mystery trek among primitive amphibious natives, with the resolution speaking to our modern understanding of addiction and enslavement of native peoples.

McDonald's "Thirteen Papercuts" ends the volume, saving the best for last. At every paragraph on the verge of being overwritten, it tells a Victorian-like tale of landed gentry, foreign adventures, and personal damnation, with the added allure (just discovered) of botanical papercutting. A gem.

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