VenusUnknown - 2000
The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system. The ground is hot enough to melt aluminum. The air pressure is so high it has crushed spacecraft landers as though they were tin cans. The sky is perpetually covered with clouds of sulfuric acid. The atmosphere is a choking mixture of carbon dioxide and poisonous gases.This is where Van Humphries must go. Or die trying.Late in the 21st century, Van is the sickly, fearful second son of a tyrannical corporate tycoon, Martin. His older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus, years before, and his father had always hated Van for surviving when his brother died. Now his father is offering a ten billion dollar prize to the first person to land on Venus and return with his oldest son's remains.To everyone's surprise, Van takes the offer. A socialite who has never done anything more strenuous than star on Princeton's debate team, he will organize a second attempt to land on Venus's ghastly surface, putting his own life at great risk. Meanwhile, another expedition sets forth to claim the prize -- one organized in secret by the man Martin fears most, the previous husband of his former wife, the woman who died giving birth to Van.What Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything -- our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.
Publisher: New York : TOR, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 382 p. ; 22 cm.