Thursday, March 24, 2011

Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime, Volume 3: Hide and Seek by Paul Preuss (1989)

Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime, Volume 3: Hide and Seek (1989) is a novel by American science fiction writer Paul Preuss. It is evolved from “Hide and Seek,” an oft-reprinted short story by British science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke that was originally published in the September 1949 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. The novel, which contains an afterword by Clarke, is the third volume in Preuss’s bestselling Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime series.

Pictured below: Paperback original (New York: Avon Books, 1989) 281 pages, with a 16-page “special technical infopak of blueprints by Darrel Anderson, featuring the structures of Venus Prime.” $3.95. Cover painting by Welsh artist Jim Burns. Here's the promotional piece from the back cover:

Her code name is Sparta. Her beauty veils a mysterious past and abilities of superhuman dimension, the product of advanced biotechnology.

At long last, evidence of extraterrestrial life has been found. And when the theft of the alien artifact, the Martian plaque, leads to two murders in Labyrinth City, Sparta must risk her life—and her identity—to solve the case.

As the mystery unravels, the investigation becomes a race across the stars to retrieve the plaque, a quest which will ultimately uncover more than Earth’s best scientists have discovered!

According to Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! Collected Essays, 1934-1998 (2000), by Arthur C. Clarke and edited by Ian T. Macauley, Clarke agreed to the Venus Prime project only after reading some of Preuss’s “excellent fiction (and nonfiction).”

Amazon has six reader reviews and Amazon CA has four reader reviews of Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime, Volume 3: Hide and Seek.

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