Breaking Strain (Venus Prime, Book 1) by Arthur C. Clarke, Paul Preuss

By Arthur C. Clarke, Paul Preuss

Venus best is a chain of six technology fiction novels written through Paul Preuss, in response to characters and destinations in Arthur C. Clarke's brief stories.

The tales contain Sparta, a stunning and mysterious lady with complicated talents, the made from complex biotech engineering. however the reminiscence of the final 3 years is long gone, and Sparta makes an attempt to recuperate her earlier, and store her future.

Volume 1 – Breaking pressure (based at the 1949 brief tale "Breaking Strain")

After her surprising get away from a psychological establishment, an amnesiac who calls herself Sparta seeks out the origins of her strange talents. To this finish, she adopts the id of Ellen Troy and turns into an inspector for the gap Guild.

On her first project as an Inspector, Sparta is distributed to Port Hesperus, the gap station orbiting Venus, to enquire the sabotage of the distance Queen, an previous freighter. whereas there, she encounters Blake Redfield, a tender vintage books specialist who may well carry the main to her lacking memories.

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