The Nebula Award–winning author’s “masterful SF trilogy” of human colonists terraforming the second planet from the sun comes to a stunning conclusion (Publishers Weekly).
Often compared to Kim Stanley Robinson’s acclaimed Mars trilogy, the three novels in the Venus saga—Venus of Dreams, Venus of Shadows, and Child of Venus—further establish the Nebula and Locus Award–winning author of The Shore of Women as “one of the genre’s best writers” (The Washington Post).
The Venus Project—making the planet’s atmosphere habitable for humans—spans centuries and determines the fate of multiple generations. The great task has already survived the ravages of civil war and continues unabated, overseen by two distinct rival factions: the “Cytherian” human colonists in enclosed settlements on the planet’s surface and the “Habbers,” cybernetically enhanced human dwellers living in a mobile asteroid orbiting above the planet.
Mahala Liangharad is a true child of Venus, conceived from the genetic material of rebels who died long before her birth. Chained to the Project her forebears began centuries earlier, she is restless and dissatisfied with the prospect of spending her entire existence inside a sealed dome. But her life is changed forever when the Habbers receive alien radio signals from six hundred light years away. With all work on Venus abruptly halted, Mahala now faces the most momentous decision of her young life. She can remain behind on the unfinished planet, or leave everything she’s ever known and loved to pursue her destiny—and humankind’s—to the far reaches of the universe . . .
About the author
Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula and Locus Awards and was honored in 2012 with the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award, given for lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. Her many novels include Venus of Dreams, The Shore of Women, The Golden Space, The Sudden Star, and The Alien Upstairs.
About Ruler of the Sky, Sargent’s historical novel of Genghis Khan, told largely from the points of view of women, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has commented: “Scholarly without ever seeming pedantic, the book is fascinating from cover to cover and does admirable justice to a man who might very well be called history’s single most important character.” The Washington Post has called Sargent “one of the genre’s best writers,” and Michael Moorcock has said of her work: “If you have not read Pamela Sargent, then you should make it your business to do so at once. She is in many ways a pioneer, both as a novelist and as a short story writer. . . . She is one of the best.”
Sargent is the editor of the Women of Wonder anthologies, the first collections of science fiction by women. Her novel Climb the Wind, set in the United States after the Civil War, was a finalist for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and her novel Earthseed has been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Melissa Rosenberg, the scriptwriter for all five Twilight films, is set to write and produce the movie through her company Tall Girls Productions.
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