Child of Venus by Pamela Sargent

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The Project -- the terraforming of Venus -- was begun centuries ago. And generations more will come and go before the planet's surface has been rendered fully habitable and its human settlers, the Cytherians, can finally leave their protective domes. There are those, however, whose patience has grown dangerously thin -- malcontents unwilling to resign themselves to never enjoying the fruits of freedom promised to their descendents.

Devastation and horror recently paralyzed this world in transition, as two religious cult leaders brought a plague of civil war to Venus, and were ultimately destroyed by their own treachery and despair. Out of the chaos and conflict came Mahala Lianghard -- a true child of Venus conceived from the rebels' genetic material and artfully gestated after their deaths. Some believe Mahala should never have been born; others see her as the glorious light that arose out of a dark time. Mahala herself is conflicted, as she struggles to come to terms with her painful birthright and her immutable future: a lifetime of unquestioning service to the Project.

Young Mahala fears her obligations to the expectations of others will leave her no room to pursue her own destiny, whatever it may be. But things are changing in the universe around her -- and not all for the good. The already fragile alliance between Earth and Venus shows signs of shattering, as the Cytherians seek a greater independence from the stifling dominance of the home planet. And rumors of a hidden agenda among the "Habbers" -- the cybernetically enhanced dwellers of the mobile asteroid "Habitats" -- threaten to bring about a rebirth of the bloody turmoil that once nearly doomed a world. With catastrophe looming, it is Mahala who must take the steps to ensure that there is a future for her flawed, star-traveling kind -- as a mysterious call from deep space pulls her toward the fulfillment of her most cherished dreams . . . even as it tears her brutally away from everything she has ever known and loved. The long-awaited conclusion to Pamela Sargent's remarkable epic trilogy of the colonization of Venus is a stunning feat of inventive storytelling and flawless world-building from a widely respected name in the field of speculative fiction. It is a masterful achievement, combining heartrending humanism with breathtaking wonder.


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Pamela Sargent and George Zebrowski have been watching "Star Trek" ever since the 1960s, when they were students at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Pamela Sargent sold her first published story during her senior year in college, and has been a writer ever since. She has won a Nebula Award, a Locus Award, and been a finalist for the Hugo Award; her work has been translated into eleven languages. Her novels include "The Sudden Star, Watchstar, The Golden Space", and "The Alien Upstairs". Her novel "Venus of Dreams" was listed as one of the one hundred best science-fiction novels by "Library Journal". "Earthseed", her first novel for young adults, was chosen as a 1983 Best Book by the American Library Association, and has recently been optioned for motion pictures. Her other acclaimed science-fiction novels include "The Shore of Women" and "Venus of Shadows; The Washington Post Book World" has called her "one of the genre's best writers." Sargent's most recent novel is "Ruler of the Sky", a historical novel about Genghis Khan. Gary Jennings, bestselling author of the historical novel "Aztec", said about "Ruler of the Sky": "This formidably researched and exquisitely written novel is surely destined to be known hereafter as the definitive history of the life and times. and conquests of Genghis, mightiest of Khans." Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of "Reindeer Moon" and "The Hidden Life of Dogs", commented: "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 and compelling character." Sargent is also the editor of "Women of Wonder: The Classic Years" and "Women of Wonder: The Contemporary Years", two anthologies of science fiction by women. George Zebrowski's twenty-six books include novels, short-fiction collections, anthologies, and a forthcoming book of essays. His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Noted science-fiction writer Greg Bear calls him "one of those rare speculators who bases his dreams on science as well as inspiration," and the late Terry Carr, one of the most influential science-fiction editors of recent years, described him as "an authority in the SF field." Zebrowski has published more than seventy-five works of short fiction and nearly a hundred articles and essays, including reviews for "The Washington Post Book World" and articles on science for "Omni" magazine. One of his best-known novels is "Macrolife", selected by "Library Journal" as one of the one hundred best novels of science fiction; Arthur C. Clarke described "Macrolife" as "a worthy successor to Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker". It's been years since I was so impressed. One of the few books I intend to read again." He is also the author of "The Omega Point Trilogy", and his novel "Stranger Suns" was a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year for 1991. Zebrowski's most recent novel, written in collaboration with scientist/author Charles Pellegrino, is "The Killing Star", which the "New York Times Book Review" called "a novel of such conceptual ferocity and scientific plausibility that it amounts to a reinvention of that old Wellsian staple: Invading Monsters From Outer Space." Booklist commented: "Pellegrino and Zebrowski are working territory not too far removed from Arthur C. Clarke's, and anywhere Clarke is popular, this book should be, too." Their "Star Trek" novel "Dyson Sphere" will be published in 1997. Pamela Sargent and George Zebrowski live in upstate New York.
Published April 1, 2014 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. 476 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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