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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon I imagine that Venus would be a terribly dreary place to live. Setting aside for the moment the oppressive government and the obvious problems with rampant organized crime, the weather is just atrocious. Rain all the time, and stormy seas that never seem to grow calm. That's what you get when the terraforming process isn't quite done yet, I suppose.

Venus is like this in MoS basically because that's the way Venus was in almost every classic SF story from the golden age of science fiction. Back before we knew that Venus is a searing wasteland of acidic atmosphere and etched rocks, some people thought its cloud cover meant the planet was pounded by constant rain. Mind you, it didn't take long for astronomers to discover the truth, even before probes were sent to the planet. However, back then SF writers never let actual science get in the way of a story.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Well, on the other hand maybe Venus just seems that awful if you spend all your time skulking around the docks at midnight waiting to meet your disreputable criminal contacts.

Yes, we're back from our hiatus as promised, but it's not going to be for long. As usual, more background can be found on my LJ, but the situation can be briefly summarized as: This time, for sure!