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Book Title: Old Venus|
The author of the book: George R.R. Martin
Edition: Titan Books
Date of issue: March 6th 2015
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At one point in history, Venus was a mysterious, clouded planet. Scientist, and Science Fiction writers pictured it as a hot, rainy, jungle planet teaming with dangerous flora and fauna. Venus was second only to Mars as a setting for the planetary romance novels of the 1930’s to the 1950’s. Dinosaur-like creatures roamed its forests and swamps and sentient creatures of all shapes and sizes inhabited the planet. Then one day in 1962, the Mariner 2 probe showed that the planet was much too hot to sustain any life. Russia also launched a probe that confirmed that no plant or animal life existed on Venus. Eventually, Venus largely disappeared as a setting from most science fiction, other than the occasional story set in the distant past or the far future.
Well George R. R. Martin and Garner Dozois staged a return to the dangerous and romantic setting of ‘Old Venus’ by pulling together sixteen short stories from a variety of science fiction authors written in 2015. While there were a couple of stories, I found unreadable, I very much enjoyed most of the short stories in the collection. I think I really got into about 12 of the 16 stories. A few of my favorites:
"Frogheads" by Allen M. Steele – under the backdrop of a failing Russian settlement, a PI must go deep into the underbelly of Venus to find a missing person and ultimately uncover man’s dark impact on everything he touches.
“Pale Blue Memories” By Tobias S. Buckell – by far the most thematic and powerful stories in the book. Buckell, a native of the Caribbean, tells an alternate history tale where WWII has led to a space race and ends in racism, slavery, and torture on Venus.
“The Wizard of the Trees” By Joe R. Lansdale – This one reminded me a great deal of Burrough’s Barsoom series due to the mechanics of the hero’s arrival and the adventure he finds.
“The Godstone of Venus” by Mike Resnick – This one almost read as ‘film noir’ to me, except exchange a detective with a hardnosed adventurer named Scopio and replace the blond dame with an attractive, but deadly, blue skinned Venusian female.
This book was a hefty 600 pages of old-school science fiction goodness and I very much enjoyed most of the steamy, vine covered, mold infested, mysteries of Old Venus!
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Read information about the authorGeorge R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.
In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.
As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.
In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.
Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.
Martin's present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.
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