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Venus Paperback – 20 Jul 2000

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (20 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340728477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340728475
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The science fiction author who will have the greatest effect on the world. (Ray Bradbury)

'A superb story by a first-class writer.' Daily Telegraph on RETURN TO MARS

Venus is an epic adventure, full of twists and turns and genuine surprises. It should easily be in the running for the highest awards. (Hartford Courant (Venus))

Fun, thought-provoking, pacy and stylish . . . Gives a good read while turning your eyes to what might be in the not so distant future, just like Clarke and Asmov used to do so well. (SFX (Venus))

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Ben Bova, author of the brilliant Mars and Moonbase sagas, turns to a new phase of space exploration for his latest enthralling novel - the first manned expeditions to the hell-like planet Venus.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "general_geiger" on 19 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm sure there's space out there (puns not intended) for a Kim Stanley Robinson-esque epic/series about the colonisation of Venus, but for now I must say that Bova has slotted together a quite impressive story-driven narrative with this book. It's a *tale*, as opposed to a piece of techno- or sociologically-centred literature, as KSR might write.
Quite unlike his two "Mars" books, the tale is one of unremitting corruption, greed, violence, and death, these facets almost unsettling in their explicit profuseness. The hero is a weakling, whose main character advancement is to prove himself otherwise to a ship-full of brash, macho survivors he finds himself marooned with, when he is rescued from the death of his own ship high in Venus' cloud-tops. The gore and sex-soaked contents are almost-but-not-quite sickening, and anyway manage to portray enough of a moral message to excuse them. The central conceit swinging around hatred, rejection and family loyalties is exceedingly well done. And there's a twist towards the close which, although well-executed, is distinctly lifted from a well-known film I could name...
The make-up of the book seems to encapsulate the planet: hellishly gripping, morally corrosive, thick and murky and unremittingly hostile, turning up the heat the deeper down you go. Soaked in familial loathing, death and greed. Which of course gives it a certain appeal. And the ending is thoroughly bittersweet. Bravo!
A nearly unrecognised masterpiece, in my opinion, like so much other hard SF. Four point five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zed on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book a second time after some considerable years, and enjoyed it even more.
It's true to say that some parts are predictable (even the first time round), but I don't think it is necessary to try too hard to be different just to avoid criticism like this.
For me, SF is about entertainment with some inspiration thrown in, and this book provides it in heaps. It is the perfect book to read at the airport, in the garden or when you just want to "free your mind" from the daily grind.
I think most mainstream SF buffs will love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
I had already read both Moonrise and Moonwar by Bova, (both of which I 100% recommend) however I felt that Venus offered something very different. Venus will grip you, as will his other books, the story will keep moving and you'll keep reading. Venus is not for the die hard Shakespear/Austen fan, it's certainly not going to be studied in schools! But, if you enjoy reading a fun, fastmoving and lively story, then Venus is for you!
(If you have any queries or questions on any of Bova's books, feel free to contact me.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sweapon@madscientist.co.uk on 9 Oct. 2001
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Ben Bovas writing leaves me breathless. I'm not one of these amateur reviewers who enjoys ruining the plot while giving my opinion on a book, so I'll be breif...but exuse my excited ramblings, i've just finished reading it!! In no way is Venus a Teenage read as someone said here, sure it's not brain bustingly hard sci fi, but that doesn't mean it cannot be enjoyed by the stuffiest of sci fi critics. Bova has a style all his own of clear smooth energetic writing in his stories, but still keeping them human, not getting lost in boring facts only someone with a degree in astrophysics would be able to grab hold of. That's what makes him easily one of the best writers in his genre in my opinion. Venus is action packed, with many unexpected twists with the characters, and probably the most real "hero" I've ever read about. Fast moving action packed. Intelligent Sci Fi but still enjoyable and easy to read for those of us not actual scientists. Quite simply, Sci Fi as it should be done. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hanroc@lineone.net on 16 Sept. 2000
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For those of us who like our science fiction rooted in hard facts, Ben Bova,s 'Venus' is recommended. A nicely depicted hero 'with flaws', that is physically weak and prone to loss of courage, but when the chips are down you can rely on him to come good. Some love interest, but not detracting from the (to use an appropriate metaphor) thrust of the story, which is the voyage to the planet. As for this story line: you try and make a gripping human drama about a hellishly hot sulphuric murk that is venus. On foot exploration and humanoid aliens are out. It's not surprising that the planet doesn't show it's ghastly face till the end, but it's presence successfully motivates the action, which is gripping.
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