Venus, the second planet from the sun, a world of sulfurous gas and tremendous temperatures where the landscape features—mountains and valleys—are all named for love goddesses. Venus herself is the goddess most known for allure and romance.
Here are twenty stories featuring Venus, the planet, the goddess, or just plain love—both romantic and otherwise. Planetary Fiction explores the themes associated with these heavenly bodies as well as their astronomical, mythological, and in some cases even alchemical significance.
My short story, “Texente Tela Veneris” (in English, “Venus’s Weaver”), has an interesting back-story: it began life as a play. In fact, you can read the original play right here on this website. Called “Threads,” it was written for Globe Theatre’s On the Line: A Freefall Through New Work a few years ago. It took a bit of tweaking to make it Venus-specific, but I’m pretty happy with the result.
Lots of great stories in the anthology as a whole–check it out if you like short fiction!