Hell Is Other Planets
How our image of Venus went from paradise to hell— and possibly back.
Lettie Prell discovered science fiction alphabetically. In her high school library in tiny Durand, Illinois (population 1,400), fiction and literature were arranged by the author’s name, regardless of genre, and somewhere between Maya Angelou and Jane Austen there was this guy named Asimov. “I was pursuing the As,” she says, “and found the Foundation trilogy.”