Farewell, Fantastic Venus! A History of the planet Venus in fact and fiction Edited by Brian W. Aldiss assisted by Harry Harrison. On 18th October, 1967, a Russian space probe landed on Venus, thus finally destroying the myth of a planet which had teased men’s imaginations for centuries. Although one of the two planets which are nearest to Earth, she has remained aloof and enigmatic, hiding her face beneath veils of cloud and gas, and the literature of Venus, as a result, has tended to be as diverse as the imagination will allow.
FIRST EDITION: Macdonald, 1968