Derek Künsken’s completely brilliant first novel in the Venus Ascendant series, The House of Styx, is out now in beautiful, shining hardback!
Discover the beginnings of the Quantum Evolution with The House of Styx , the start of a groundbreaking new series set 250 years before The Quantum Magician .
Life can exist anywhere. And anywhere there is life, there is home. In the swirling clouds of Venus, the families of la colonie live on floating plant-like trawlers, salvaging what they can in the fierce acid rain and crackling storms. Outside is dangerous, but humankind’s hold on the planet is fragile and they spend most of their days simply surviving.
But Venus carries its own secrets, too. In the depths, there is a wind that shouldn’t exist. And the House of Styx wants to harness it.
“Künsken has, to my mind, already established a place as one of the best pure hard science writers of the current generation, and this book is further evidence of that. — Rich Horton, Locus
Künsken’s vivid worldbuilding is a knockout…This is a must-read. — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This electrifying planetary adventure features a hardscrabble family that earnestly addresses issues of addiction, gender, sexuality, and disability while surviving storms of all sorts in the hostile clouds of Venus. Highly recommended.” — The Library Journal, starred review