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The Merchants of Venus

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A novella by Frederik Pohl featuring the first appearance of the Heechee, published in Worlds of If Science Fiction series.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1972 by Worlds of If
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Paul Bryant
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-novels-aaargh
TEN SHORT SF NOVELS NO. 2

THE MERCHANTS OF VENUS


A guy works on Venus, taking rich types to do some amateur exploring of old Heechee tunnels. The Heechee were an alien race who came & did their thing millions of years ago & no one knows what they did or why or anything. This wasn’t the most riveting sf novel ever, being about the tourist industry, and I think you could shave away the sciency stuff and reset the whole thing in Mexico without too much trouble, and I don’t like sf stories that are ki
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J.j. Metsavana
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lühiromaani peategelaseks on Veenusel tegutsev aardekütt-giid, kes viib kopsaka tasu eest rikkaid turiste kohtadesse, kus võib leida kunagi ammu planeedil tegutsenud tulnukatest mahajäänud tunneleid (ja kui väga veab siis ka mingeid esemeid). Kuigi summad mis seal äris liiguvad on suured pole ka kulud sugugi väikesed ning mehel on parasjagu hädasti uut tööotsa vaja, sest tema maks kipub otsi andma (mitte joomisest vaid Veenuse keskkonna eripäradest) ning parasjagu saabubki planeedile tuntud raha ...more
Pete
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
The Merchants of Venus (1972) by Frederik Pohl is a clever tale set on a habited Venus where the Heechee, an alien race who were on Venus until a quarter of a million years ago have left artifacts that the humans now there sometimes find.

The economy of Venus is like a wild west, with many people getting to Venus only to find they can't afford it. The hero, a guide who takes rich people on prospecting tours, has a failing kidney. He meets an old rich man and his wife and takes them prospecting.

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Srikanth
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
This is a novelette. Nothing particularly great. Old time Sf set on Venus. There was an alien race which scattered mysterious gadgets and tunnels, but body has seen them and nobody knows where they are.
The protagonist is a tourist agency in search of desperate cash. He finds a rich customer who he thinks will alleviate his problems. Of course things don’t go on plan.
There is some description on the atmosphere of Venus and the resulting engineering problems.

Just a short time-pass.
Rocco Frontuto
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I'm getting to this story years after having read Gateway and Beyond the Blue Event Horizon. I enjoyed this story, and it was nice to see more of the story prior to that of Robinette Broadhead in Gateway.
Marco
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this novella right after Gateway and I really enjoyed it, more of the same thrilling prospecting danger. Despite the short length, it manages to flash out the characters quite well. Very enjoyable all in all. The main downside for me was the missing opportunity of some exciting exploration at the very end of the story: (view spoiler) ...more
Tim
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read but don't set your expectations up too high. Classic SF fare with a strong dose of capitalism.
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.

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