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 . . .