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Venus Plus X

by Theodore Sturgeon

Cover artist: Victor Kalin

Publisher: Pyramid

Pub year: 1960

Cover price: 35¢


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Book detail for Venus Plus X

Cover tagline

The strangest science-fiction novel Theodore Sturgeon has ever written

Back cover text

Charlie Johns woke up ... and nearly went mad

He was in a world of strange inventions, unheard-of buildings, unfamiliar language, and creatures who were like men but not men ... or women.

As the truth of what had happened dawned on him, he fought hard to keep his grip on sanity. The one thing he could cling to was the knowledge of his identity.

I am Charlie Johns! he told himself fiercely, over and over again.

But he was wrong....

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Interior text

They created a heaven on earth — but a dark secret lay at its roots

It's Eden again! the man from the Twentieth Century told himself.

The new race — the Ledom — had made a world without war, without fear, a world in which each individual was free to love, to create, to explore....

Sunlight and the laughter of children filled the air; and the gentle, kindly Ledom made their Twentieth-Century guest welcome to their Paradise....

But then he found out just where — and when — he was ... and the new Eden turned to nightmare....

In VENUS PLUS X, Theodore Sturgeon brings the full force of his talent and imagination to bear on one of the central problems of human existence (but not always human...).