Old Venus

Old Venus

George R.R. Martin Gardner Dozois / Jul 23, 2019

Old Venus Sixteen all new stories by science fiction s top talents collected by bestselling author George R R Martin and multiple award winning editor Gardner Dozois From pulp adventures such as Edgar Rice Bur

  • Title: Old Venus
  • Author: George R.R. Martin Gardner Dozois
  • ISBN: 9780345537287
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sixteen all new stories by science fiction s top talents, collected by bestselling author George R R Martin and multiple award winning editor Gardner Dozois From pulp adventures such as Edgar Rice Burroughs s Carson of Venus to classic short stories such as Ray Bradbury s The Long Rain to visionary novels such as C S Lewis s Perelandra, the planet Venus has loomed aSixteen all new stories by science fiction s top talents, collected by bestselling author George R R Martin and multiple award winning editor Gardner Dozois From pulp adventures such as Edgar Rice Burroughs s Carson of Venus to classic short stories such as Ray Bradbury s The Long Rain to visionary novels such as C S Lewis s Perelandra, the planet Venus has loomed almost as large in the imaginations of science fiction writers as Earth s next nearest neighbor, Mars But while the Red Planet conjured up in Golden Age science fiction stories was a place of vast deserts and ruined cities, bright blue Venus was its polar opposite a steamy, swampy jungle world with strange creatures lurking amidst the dripping vegetation Alas, just as the last century s space probes exploded our dreams of Mars, so, too, did they shatter our romantic visions of Venus, revealing, instead of a lush paradise, a hellish world inimical to all life But don t despair This new anthology of sixteen original stories by some of science fiction s best writers edited by 1 New York Times bestselling author George R R Martin and award winning editor Gardner Dozois turns back the clock to that innocent time, before the hard won knowledge of science vanquished the infinite possibilities of the imagination Join our cast of award winning contributors including Elizabeth Bear, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Gwyneth Jones, Mike Resnick, Eleanor Arnason, Allen M Steele, and as we travel back in time to a planet that never was but should have been a young, rain drenched world of fabulous monsters and seductive mysteries FEATURING ALL NEW STORIES BY Eleanor Arnason Elizabeth Bear David Brin Tobias S Buckell Michael Cassutt Joe Haldeman Matthew Hughes Gwyneth Jones Joe R Lansdale Stephen Leigh Paul McAuley Ian McDonald Garth Nix Mike Resnick Allen M Steele Lavie Tidhar And an Introduction by Gardner Dozois

    Old Venus A Collection of Stories George R R Martin Old Venus is a retro visit to that oceanic jungle planet, which teems with life both native and Earth invasive Russians and Americans vie for the planet s valuable resources, and in one sort of alternate history story Hitler s space Nazis shoot down the American ship. Old Venus Old Venus Old Venus is a retro Venus science fiction themed anthology edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois, that was published on March , All of the stories are set on the planet Venus as styled in the pre space probe pulp magazines of the s through the s, in which it is a planet where humans could live. Old Venus by George R.R Martin Mar , Old Venus is the same idea, but with Venus instead A Venus of rain, jungles, and dinosaurs like the stories of Leigh Brackett and C.L Moore Some George R.R Martin and Gardner Dozois have previously edited an anthology titled Old Mars, of stories written in the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ray Bradbury. Old Venus, A Florida Ghost Town Florida Backroads Travel Old Venus, A Florida Ghost Town Venus is a place name on the Florida map about an hour s drive east of Fort Myers or Punta Gorda Most folks in this part of Florida call it Old Venus, but I don t know why Maybe there was a Venus that burned down and was replaced by a New Venus, and the former town was referred to as Old Venus It will take a true historian to solve that riddle. Old Venus Ghost Town OLD VENUS Old Venus was a town of agriculture workers, cattlemen, and, very common for Florida, the remains of the turpentine industry The old town was just West of the RR track and East of the current Baptist Church There the remaining foundation of the Venus General Store Old Venus by George R R Martin, Hardcover Barnes Noble But the statue was old and stained, and a broken string that might have once been a yo yo dangled from the tip of his finger The Communist Party was just as dead on Venus as it was on Earth it was just taking the locals a little longer to get rid of its relics. Old Venus A Collection of Stories eBook Old Venus is a retro visit to that oceanic jungle planet, which teems with life both native and Earth invasive Russians and Americans vie for the planet s valuable resources, and in one sort of alternate history story Hitler s space Nazis shoot down the American ship. How Old is Venus Universe Today Astronomers know that everything in the Solar System including Venus is roughly . billion years old through radioactive dating of meteorites They can tell that all the meteorites in the Solar System were formed at the same time because of the percentages of radioactive elements they contain. Old Venus PenguinRandomHouse Books About Old Venus Sixteen all new stories by science fiction s top talents, collected by bestselling author George R R Martin and multiple award winning editor Gardner Dozois Venus Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every . Earth days It has the longest rotation period days of any planet in the Solar System and rotates in the opposite direction to most other planets meaning the Sun would rise in the west and set in the east It

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        George 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 uscmillan author george


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    1. Introduction: Return to Venusport by Gardner Dozois *** "Frogheads" by Allen M. SteeleReminded me quite a lot of Phyllis Gotlieb's 'Lyhhrt' trilogy, with its amphibious aliens as enslaved workers, and the human investigator that gets involved - but this is a much simpler and more conventional story. *** "The Drowned Celestial" by Lavie TidharTidhar took the theme of this anthology seriously. This is an homage to the old pulp adventure stories, and a faithful re-creation of one. It might even pas [...]


    2. Overall impressions: There were some real gems in here that made it worth listening to. Unfortunately, there were some real stinkers, too. Not a great job of editing.Venus is the morning/evening star, the brightest object in the night sky save for Luna, so it has fired our imaginations throughout history. For most of that time, Venus was associated with a goddess of love from Ishtar to Aphrodite/Venus. From about 1930 to the mid 1960's, Venus was the home of some rollicking adventures written by [...]


    3. Contents:xi - INTRODUCTION, by Gardner Dozois3 - FROGHEADS, by Allen M. Steele37 -THE DROWNED CELESTRIAL, by Lavie Tidhar71 - PLANET OF FEAR, by Paul McAuley103 - GREEVES AND THE EVENING STAR, by Matthew Hughes135 - A PLANET CALLED DESIRE, by Gwyneth Jones169 - LIVING HELL, by Joe Haldeman191 - BONES OF AIR, BONES OF STONE, by Stephen Leigh223 - RUINS, by Eleanor Arnason265 - THE TUMBLEDOWNS OF CLEOPATRA ABYSS, by David Brin309 - BY FROGSLED AND LIZARDBACK TO OUTCAST VENUSIAN LEPERS, by Garth Ni [...]


    4. Published: 06/03/2015Author: George R.R. MartinRecomended for: fans of sci-fi novelsI won this book through the GoodReads FirstReads competitions. I love George R.R. Martin books his writing style is amazing and when I sat that this book was edited by him I just knew I had to read it and so I was thrilled when I found out that I had won it.This book is one of the best books I have read this year, this is a book that is full short stories, there wasn't one that I thought was bad they were all ver [...]


    5. George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois have previously edited an anthology titled Old Mars, of stories written in the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ray Bradbury. Of Planetary Romance before the robotic explorers started showing us what the planets really looked like, and in the case of Mars we get a dry, red planet of canals and dead alien cities.Old Venus is the same idea, but with Venus instead. A Venus of rain, jungles, and dinosaurs like the stories of Leigh Brackett and C.L. Moore. Some [...]


    6. Representation matters.I think this more than anything sets this book apart from all the old silver and gold age stories this book was meant to pay homage to.There was trans men, there were non bi-nary genders. There were stories where the lead was female. We had stories where the main character was the ancestor of a slave and it tied perfectly to what was going on in the story. There was the half black half Native american child who really put the "White man" tames the wild country on it's head [...]


    7. Old Venus.It's amazing (to someone of my generation) to think that until 1962 most people assumed that Venus was a potentially viable planet for life. It was thought to be an extremely wet, swampy, humid, rain drench and cloud covered Earth. As a result the Golden ages (1936- 1959 ish) of SF had all manor of rocket ships going, colonies based, and swashbuckling adventures had there. After 1962 this became rarer and rarer. This anthology asks contemporary authors to reimagine the classic Venus St [...]


    8. What delight! An entire anthology devoted to modern reimaginings of those glorious old school planetary romances, set on that long-lost imaginary planet of fetid swamps and humid jungles, of thickly overcast skies dripping hot rains, of slimy and slithery things that flourish in the warm, damp dimness, of scaled and webbed amphibious denizens of vast blood-hot oceans, and the ruins of ancient decadent civilisations overrun by thick, lush vegetation - the Venus of my youth, destroyed forever by t [...]


    9. I enjoy reading short stories for Libriviox. Most of the stories I find are from the old pulp magazines, many of which can be found in online archives.This collection of modern pulp stories revolves around the early science fiction tropes involving the planet Venus. Prior to discovering that Venus is unlike anything it was imagined to be, Venus was a rich source of weird tales. Many of the stories contained in this collection read like those stories from the 1920's. They feature over the top act [...]


    10. This may be a niche, but it's a niche I like. I *especially* liked Tobias Bucknell's piece, and Elizabeth Bear's. Nice job, folks.


    11. Frogheads" by Allen M. Steele (***) • this first story was ok. It didn't wow me or get me excited for the rest. Kind of a weak story to put first in the collection."The Drowned Celestrial" by Lavie Tidhar (**)• This one wasn't awful but the author often did not separate dialogue into paragraphs and it got confusing who was speaking at times and it ended up being really annoying and distracting me from the story. "Planet of Fear" by Paul McAuley (**)• I barely remember this one. Kinda meh." [...]


    12. Some of these stories are really really great, there are a couple of duds. But in an anthology you have your good tales and your mediocre ones. Yet on the audiobook you have some very noteworthy narrators like Micheal Dorn and Will Wheaton from (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) Old Venus is a wonderful collection of stories that bring you alien sirens, strange aliens, over grown swamps on a cloud covered world that never sees the stars out at night.


    13. Another great selection of recently-written stories in the old style, this time based on Venus. If you enjoyed Old Mars, you'll enjoy Old Venus, and vice versa.As with all anthologies, some stories are better than others, but all are readable, and some are excellent.


    14. Short stories inspired by the golden age of pulp fiction about Venus - a wet, swampy, humid world, a world of oceans and life - the Old Venus. Some great stuff from some great authors!



    15. Great. Normally I dip in and out of collections of short stories between reading other books but I enjoyed this so much that I pretty much went straight through.



    16. I admit I waffled a bit over reading the George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois edited anthologies, Old Mars and Old Venus. These were put together as a nostalgic celebration of the Planetary Romance era of science fiction from the 1930s through the '50s. Mr. Martin and Mr. Dozois grew up on that work, it forms the deep core of their love of SF, and it's rather delightful how delighted they are to harken back to those times.But I have no nostalgia for Planetary Romance. It's not the SF I grew up [...]


    17. I intentionally waited to write about Old Venus until I’d gotten a look at the real thing by reading Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burrough’s Carson of Venus gets namedropped in the jacket copy of Old Venus, along with Ray Bradbury’s The Long Rain and C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra. Dozois’ introduction highlights Planet Stories from 1939-1955 and suggests C.L. Moore and Leigh Brackett may have written the best Venus stories. This is decidedly Retro SF, because the era of Venusian [...]


    18. It’s usually the authors or the editors that get me excited about anthology books, but in this case it was the subject matter itself. A selection of authors were asked to create stories set on a Venus that exists in another reality, when the cloud-shrouded world of yesteryear was thought to be covered in steaming jungles, or oceans, or a myriad of habitable climates. A Venus before science overtook imagination and we realised that it was dead and totally hostile.‘From pulp adventures such as [...]


    19. This was a fun collection. Found some great authors that I want to read more of their individual works.


    20. I really liked some of the stories here, most were pretty well written and there was a load of great action and adventure represented here. I have a lot of sympathy for the idea as well, to ask modern authors to write about a Venus that never was the alway rainy planet covered in swamps, housing dinosaurs and primitive civilisations. But it tells you something when the best story of the collection is still a hard SF story about the 'real Venus' (be it a Venus bombarded by comets to terraform it [...]


    21. Sub-genre: VenusLiterary conflict: Man vs. Man, Man vs. MartianGOOD:Solid editing/polish: ✔ yesFun characters: ✔ yesThought provoking: ✔ yesBAD:Rapid head-hopping: noUnbelievable moments: no Idiot aliens won't retreat 'til their dead are piled 5 meters high: noToo many characters: noThis nostalgic collection of short stories fills that void left after the true nature of Venus' atmosphere was discovered and so many of the older books fell out of print. George R.R. Martin has co-edited the b [...]


    22. Another collection of short stories set in the pulp era solar system, this time, Venus.When astronomers turned their telescopes to the second planet from the sun, they saw clouds. Clouds mean rain, rain means water, water means oceans, swamps and jungles. One early writer speculated conditions resembled Earth's Carboniferous Period. How boring. Why not dinosaurs? Or frog people? Or sinuous green dancing girls? As usual, science dumped a bucket of ice water on all the fun. Venus has surface tempe [...]


    23. Fun anthology of stories set on the old pre-probe Venus with swamps, dinosaurs, etc. I always said I missed swamps on Venus. Interesting that many of the authors felt that as long as they were doing stories counter to reality, they should also go back to 60s politics -- the Cold War shows up repeatedly, and the Tobias Buckell story even has Nazis. David Brin's story slightly cheats as it's not set on the old Venus, but on a Venus as we know it during a massive terraforming effort; still I liked [...]


    24. All anthologies have some stories which are stronger than others, and this is no exception. However, there are no bad stories in this anthology. I believe that all the stories were commissioned for this book, as all are copyright 2015.Some of these are very much old-style planetary romances, in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Carson of Venus stories and others use Venus as the background to tell their story. For me, the best of the 16 stories are "The Wizard of the Trees" by Joe Lansdale, "By [...]


    25. First thing to state is that I received my copy free via in exchange for an honest review.I have to say overall I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. The stories are all set on Venus as it was imagined to be before science showed that Venus was; shall we say, not a hospitable planet. For the most part the stories are well written with interesting and well developed characters given the fact they are all short stories. The stories range from fast paced action stories to gentler pace [...]


    26. I think Old Venus was a great book, with a few great storiesAnd some lacking ones. Most of the time, I felt like some of the better ones were kind of crap until the last 5 pages where I start to get really interested. Then it ends.I hate to say it, but by the first page I can tell which ones I'm not gonna like. For me, there were more than a few, but I won't say for fear of insulting the authors. Some of the ones I enjoyed though was the Leper one, The godstone (which had a disappointing ending, [...]


    27. There were two excellent stories that I really enjoyed ("By Frogsled and Lizarback to Outcast Venusian Lebers" by Garth Nix" and "Botanica Veneris" by Ian McDonald) and four good stories ("Planet of Fear" by Paul McAuley, "Ruins" by Eleanor Arnason, "The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss" by David Brin, and "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" by Elizabeth Bear). About half of the remainder were decent, not my favorite stories but at least they had interesting ideas, and the other half were just crappy in my [...]


    28. IMO, not as strong of an anthology as some of the other ones edited by GRRM and Dozois. Even though I like the premise of the anthology, maybe I'm just not as much into retro sci-fi as I found several of the space adventure stories to be lackluster. Ian McDonald's Botanica Veneris was incredible. I'm going to have to find some more stories by this guy.Favorites in this collection:"Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan" by Ian McDonald - wonderful "A Planet Called Desire" [...]


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