Venus by Ben Bova

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system. The ground is hot enough to melt aluminum. The air pressure is so high it has crushed spacecraft landers as though they were tin cans. The sky is perpetually covered with clouds of sulfuric acid. The atmosphere is a choking mixture of carbon dioxide and poisonous gases.

This is where Van Humphries must go. Or die trying.

His older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus, years before, and his father had always hated Van for surviving when his brother died. Now his father is offering a ten billion dollar prize to the first person to land on Venus and return his oldest son's remains.

To everyone's surprise, Van takes up the offer. But what Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything--our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


About Ben Bova

See more books from this Author
BEN BOVA is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, former editorial director of Omni, and past president of the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Bova lives in Florida.
Published May 15, 2001 by Tor Books. 420 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Venus

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Fuchs, having also arrived on Venus in a vastly superior ship, attempts a rescue, but only Van and biologist Marguerite survive.

| Read Full Review of Venus

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Racing against one another for the prize are Alex's aimless younger brother, Van (the story's narrator, who's just been disowned by Martin), and legendary asteroid-miner Lars Fuchs, who detests Martin as much as Martin detests Van.

| Read Full Review of Venus

SF Site

Ben Bova Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Return to Mars SF Site Review: Colony SF Site Review: Immortality SF Site Review: Moonwar SF Site Review: Moonrise When billionaire Martin Humphries offers a prize of ten billion dollars to the first person to reach the surface of Ven...

| Read Full Review of Venus

Reader Rating for Venus

An aggregated and normalized score based on 92 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review